Is the US nudging Britain into dangerous waters with Iran?

The UK’s shipping looks vulnerable since it seized a tanker after a US request

A chain of events has been triggered that is increasingly exposing the UK diplomatically and militarily in the Gulf.

The UK has put British shipping on maximum alert in the Gulf, just as the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is forced to admit that – due to successive defence cuts – the UK does not have the resources to defend British vessels.

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Source: The Guardian
Is the US nudging Britain into dangerous waters with Iran?