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More UK forces on stand by as Gulf crisis deepens

Secretary of Defence Ben Wallace

British warships, hundreds of armed forces and several helicopters are on stand-by to be deployed to the Gulf.

Two warships – HMS Montrose and HMS Defender – are already in position.

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The reinforcements could be used to evacuate troops if the situation worsens.

The region is on a tinder-box alert after America “took out” Irani General Qassem Soleimani with a drone rocket strike.

It’s hoped the intention of sending troops – and details of numbers – would put Tehran on notice the UK would respond to attacks on its forces.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told the House:

“If British civilians were killed or even military personnel as a result of Iranian or terrorist action, we would look at the response.

“The response would no doubt be proportionate.”

Britain has 400 troops in Iraq at present.

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