UK Evacuation Team Sent To Iraq Amid Concerns Over Iranian Revenge

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Late last week, around 50 members of the UK’s Special Air Service (SAS) were reportedly flown to Iraq in the aftermath of the US assassination of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps General Qasem Soleimani.

The Times quoted unnamed military sources as saying Tuesday that the UK Ministry of Defence had sent around 20 senior military planners and liaison officers to the British embassy in Baghdad to help with the evacuation of Britons amid concerns over Tehran’s retaliation following the US airstrike that killed top Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani.

The sources said that the team will deal with elaborating routes for quickly withdrawing UK soldiers, as well as diplomats and other civilians from Iraq if necessary.

Additionally, the Defence Ministry plans to formally warn UK ships not to enter the Strait of Hormuz between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, where the HMS Montrose and HMS Defender have already been deployed to protect British-flagged vessels.

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