(Persia Digest) – The UK’s largest anti-war coalition has started an online petition to prevent increasing tensions in the Persian Gulf and a US military conflict with Iran.
The Stop the War Coalition writes in its petition: “The world is increasingly alarmed at Donald Trump’s escalation of conflict with Iran. Trump has scrapped the deal which was meant to prevent the development of nuclear weapons there, has imposed sanctions aimed at destroying the Iranian oil trade and therefore its economy, and is looking for pretexts to attack the country.” It points out that US has recently deployed a number of bombers and aircraft carriers to the region, and adds: “We must demand that the British government condemn this brinkmanship and publicly oppose military action against Iran.”
Persia Digest (PD) reports that the US administration claims to have received information about Iranian allies intending to attack US forces in Iraq and Syria.
US Security Advisor, John Bolton, issued a statement a fortnight ago announcing that USS Abraham Lincoln had been deployed to the Persian Gulf to send a clear message to Iran that any attacks on US forces and its allies will be met with a harsh response. US officials have yet to comment on the details of what they consider threats from Iran. Tehran also denies all the allegations.
Maj Gen Christopher Ghika, Deputy Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) led by the US, has recently stated that reports of increased threats against US and Western forces in Iraq are not correct.
The UK Ministry of Defence also approved his assessment on the situation in Iraq and Syria and the daily fight to defeat Daesh.
The New York Times has also reported that Germany and a number of other US allies are not convinced by Washington’s assessment of Iran and have issued warnings on the outcome of increased tensions in the region.
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