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UK joins US-led wargame in Persian Gulf
Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:49PM
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The UK Army has deployed several warships to the Persian Gulf region as part of a 12-day U.S.-led wargame in line with the countries’ expansionist policies and their warmongering objectives.


Warships from more than 25 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, are participating in the wargame, which is considered by analysts as a show of force in support of their staunch ally, the Zionist regime of Israel.

The British component consists of four British minesweepers and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Cardigan Bay, which is a logistics vessel.

The UK Army has also deployed one of the most powerful ships in its fleet, HMS Diamond, which is a brand-new £1billion Type 45 destroyer.

The Israeli regime and its allies, Britain and the U.S., have recently stepped up their rhetoric of military action against Iran’s nuclear energy program.

This is while their warmongering policymakers are convinced that Iran will retaliate any aggression to its territorial integrity by using all its capacity and might.

Iran enjoys the capacity to mine or blockade the Strait of Hormuz through which around 18 million barrels of oil passes every day. This is approximately 35 percent of the world’s petroleum traded by sea.

A blockade would have a catastrophic impact on the fragile economies of Britain, Europe, the United States and Japan, all of which rely heavily on oil and gas supplies from the Persian Gulf.

Iran has announced that it will carry out massive military maneuvers in October in a show of preparedness to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity against any foreign invasion.

The maneuvers are described as the biggest air defence war game in the Islamic Republic’s history, and the most visible response to any aggression.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Army’s Air Force will use surface-to-air missiles, unmanned drones, and state-of-the-art radar systems to test the defenses of 3,600 sensitive locations throughout the country.

Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, commander of the Khatam al-Anbiya air defence base, told a conference this month that the maneuvers would “identify vulnerabilities, try out new tactics and practise old ones”.

Meanwhile, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, the head of IRGC’s Naval Force, said recently that “any plots of enemies would be foiled and a heavy price exacted”.

“We determine the rules of military conflict in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz”, he added.

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