Friday, January 6, 2012

Face-off in the Gulf as U.S., Israel and Iran all launch war games in show of force over nuclear plans and key oil route

The U.S. and Israel are planning a massive military exercise in the Persian Gulf in an attempt to face down Iran over its sabre-rattling in the region.

But the Islamic Republic is also preparing war games in the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic oil route which the country has threatened to block off in a move which could seriously restrict energy supplies.

Britain's Defence Secretary yesterday said that the UK would take military action to prevent Iran - which is believed to be developing secret nuclear weapons - from cutting off the strait.

Iran announced last night that an annual naval exercise known as 'The Great Prophet' would take place in the strait next month.

Admiral Ali Fadavi, naval commander of the country's Revolutionary Guards, said the drill would be 'different' to previous years, but did not specify how. Read More