UK Military Says No Increased Iran Threat in Syria or Iraq

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Washington's decision, however, runs counter to remarks from a senior British military official on Tuesday- who said there has been "no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq or Syria".

"The UK has always been clear about our concerns over Iran's destabilising behaviour in the region". Tensions have sharply escalated between arch-rivals Washington and Tehran since US President Donald Trump withdrew last May from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

One or more vessels incurred light hull damage, but what caused the damage and who was behind it remains unknown.

Washington has slapped sanctions on Iranian industrial metals and oil - the country's two largest sources of export revenue. Unsurprisingly, given Bolton's views, in recent weeks the US has rapidly escalated tensions with Tehran. However, the officials characterized the threat as not more credible or imminent than it was in the week prior, as the USA moved military assets to the region and warned of Iranian-related threats.

Trump's approach was to apply ever more pressure on Iran, but the Islamic republic "has tried very hard not to fall into his trap", said the Iranian conservative Mohebbian.

"It would be an act of gross negligence if we did not take the necessary precautions in the light of credible threat streams", said one of the unnamed officials who briefed reporters on Wednesday, on the department's condition of anonymity.

Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, leads a regional coalition of Sunni Muslim nations fighting the northern Shia Houthi rebels backed by Iran. "Neither we nor them (the US) seek war", Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday.

Zarif said Tehran remained "committed" to the deal, noting that worldwide inspectors have said Iran is in compliance with the agreement.

Yemen has been embroiled in a devastating conflict between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis since late 2014. Put simply, Washington's unyielding demand that countries chose sides between Iran and the United States, and the extraterritorial sanctions that come with not complying, is putting a long list of countries in a bind. He declined to blame Iran directly, although he repeatedly criticized Tehran.

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The attack came two days after the rebels struck two key oil-pumping stations and a pipeline in Saudi Arabia, escalating tensions in the region and potentially disrupting worldwide efforts to end the civil war. At least 40 other people were wounded, according to Yemen's Health Ministry.

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Trump has ordered a beefing up of us military assets in the Middle East and Persian Gulf, citing possible threats from Iran.

Washington says it has received intelligence on possible attacks by Iranian or Iranian-backed forces, possibly targeting USA bases in Iraq or Syria. Gen. Chris Ghika, a senior officer in the US -backed coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

The U.S. suspects Iran was behind the sabotage of four foreign vessels Sunday off the UAE coast.

Senior State Department officials are trying to tamp down concerns about the move to evacuate non-essential personnel from two diplomatic facilities in Iraq, while backing up the administration's intelligence of an Iranian threat.

The Iraqi source said US staff were headed for a military base at Baghdad airport. India just hosted Iran's foreign minister.

In response, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced recently Tehran's withdrawal from complying with the restrictions of the Iran nuclear deal on the country's enriched uranium reserves and heavy water supplies.

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