Sunday, 25 August, 2019

Iraq slams Israel participation in Gulf naval mission

Iran warns of war if 'Zionists' enter the Persian Gulf Iraq’s FM accuses Western forces of fueling Gulf regional tension
Steven Clarke | 13 August, 2019, 17:02

Iraq's foreign minister on Monday rejected global assistance - particularly from Israel - in securing the Persian Gulf, saying Arab states were capable of ensuring the safe passage of vessels without foreign help.

Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said on Thursday said that "Operation Sentinel" would "increase insecurity" in the region, and that Israel's involvement would have "disastrous consequences".

IRAN's commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's navy, Alireza Tangsiri, warned journalists on Sunday that "any illegitimate presence in the waters of the Persian Gulf could spark a war".

Last week, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said they would help the US -led effort to "protect the security of the Persian Gulf". "The existence of Western forces in the region will raise tensions", he added. Britain said last week it would join the mission, while no other USA allies have committed themselves so far.

The United States wants an global coalition to monitor and potentially escort commercial ships there.

Russia tells Google not to advertise "illegal" events after election protests
Russian Federation has cracked down on search engines in recent years by introducing laws that restrict specific search results. Protest tally NGO White Counter estimated that nearly 50,000 people attended the opposition's arrest-laden demonstration.

It's not clear if Israel has been asked to participate. Iran has been accused of attacking four oil tankers in May and two in June. Israel's contribution to the mission would be limited to intelligence.

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned against any Israeli presence in the Gulf region, Press TV reported Monday.

US Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on July 9 that the US was proceeding with plans to assemble the coalition purportedly aimed at ensuring freedom of navigation in waters off Iran and Yemen.

The deal came after years of Iran's alleged efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

Tensions have escalated in past months, with drones downed and tankers mysteriously attacked in Gulf and nearby waters, where about 20 percent of the world's oil trade passes through.

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