UK Troops are sent to Iranian border

Interesting choice of words for the title, but something is on in the area.

The ‘proxy war’: UK troops are sent to Iranian border

British soldiers return to action as tensions between US and Iran grow

Exclusive by Kim Sengupta in Baghdad, Published: 12 September 2007

British forces have been sent from Basra to the volatile border with Iran amid warnings from the senior US commander in Iraq that Tehran is fomenting a “proxy war”.

In signs of a fast-developing confrontation, the Iranians have threatened military action in response to attacks launched from Iraqi territory while the Pentagon has announced the building of a US base and fortified checkpoints at the frontier.

The UK operation, in which up to 350 troops are involved, has come at the request of the Americans, who say that elements close to the Iranian regime have stepped up supplies of weapons to Shia militias in recent weeks in preparation for attacks inside Iraq.
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The Brits are old hands at this, especially in Basra province.