After the tanker attack, special forces will go after Iran’s militia.
Following the deadly attack on an Israeli-operated tanker, British commanders are drawing up plans for a UK special forces strike mission against an Iran-backed terror group. A British security officer and a Romanian crew member were killed in Iran’s drone attack on the MV Mercer Street oil tanker on Thursday, raising worries of rising conflict in the Middle East.
It came after months of increased maritime attacks by Israel and Iran-backed militias utilizing advanced unmanned planes. A massive explosives-laden drone flew hundreds of miles from land, controlled by a camera feed, in an attack off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea.
The British and American governments are supporting Israel’s accusation of Iran and are planning a military strike on Tehran’s militia.
The place from which the drone was launched has been pinpointed by Israeli intelligence.
The Daily Express has uncovered the location of the terror team’s target, but has promised not to divulge any information.
The “kill or capture” manhunt is thought to include British SAS specialists, Special Boat Service commandos, and Paras members.
A UK forces unmanned aircraft team and electronic warfare specialists prepared to listen in on communications are also understood to be involved in the joint UK-US effort.
“Special forces have been concerned about hostage-taking on the high seas for some years, but are definitely going to take a more active posture against Iran’s proxies,” a former British military intelligence officer said.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday that Iran must “face the consequences” of its conduct, adding, “This is plainly an intolerable and appalling attack on commercial vessels — a UK national perished.”
His warning came only hours after the Iranian ambassador to the United Kingdom was called to London’s Foreign Office in a formal protest.
The British sailor killed in the incident was part of a three-man UK security crew defending the ship, which was targeted 152 nautical miles off the Omani town of Duqm, near the Royal Navy’s logistical station on the island of Masirah.
On her way back from the Far East, the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is scheduled to port there.
“The UK condemns the unlawful and callous attack on a commerce vessel,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said. We believe this was a premeditated, targeted strike that violated international law.”Brinkwire Summary News”.