By Jubin Katiraie

The new US defence secretary said Wednesday that the military intends to protect US commercial ships against Iranian threats in the Persian Gulf, but cannot provide naval escorts in every case.

Mark Esper, who previously served as the Army's top civilian official, said: "We will escort our ships to the degree that the risk demands it… To the degree United States vessels need an escort, we will be there, we will be available to them.

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By Jubin Katiraie

The US Navy warship that reported bringing down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz last week may have actually brought down two drones.

One US official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the military did not have definite confirmation, but there “might have been a second” drone brought down.

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By Jubin Katiraie

The UK called for the establishment of a European-led naval mission to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker on Friday in what Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt described as an act of "state piracy".

Hunt outlined these plans to parliament after a meeting of the government's emergency committee, COBRA, which discussed the response to the capture of the ship in Omani territorial waters.

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Iran Focus

London, 23 Jul - As military tensions between Iran and the West rose on Monday, Washington and Tehran increased the rhetoric between them.

Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that he was ready for “the absolute worst” from Iran, which is “the number one state of terror in the world”, and said that the mullahs’ continued malign actions were making it more difficult for him to negotiate with them.

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By Jubin Katiraie

The UK could face attacks from Iran-backed terror cells if tensions continue to rise between the two countries, according to British intelligence sources.

Iran is considered by MI5 and MI6 experts to be the third great threat to British security from a state actor and fears have only intensified since the British flagged Stena Impero oil tanker was seized in the Persian Gulf on Friday.

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