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Iraq Rejects Israel’s Role In Persian Gulf Mission, Warns Of West’s Presence

Iraq Rejects Israel’s Role In Persian Gulf Mission, Warns Of West’s Presence

The mission will see the Royal Navy working alongside the US Navy to purportedly ensure that the security of merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened political tension with Iran.

Iraq's Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim has said Israel's participation in a USA -led coalition to protect shipping in the region is "unacceptable".

He added that "Iraq will work to lower tensions in our region through calm negotiations", while "the presence of Western forces in the region would raise tensions". Britain said last week it would join the mission, while no other United States allies have committed themselves so far.

Al-Hakim stressed Israel's participation in such a mission was unacceptable.

"Any presence of the Zionist regime (of Israel) in the Gulf waters is illegal, as it may result in war and confrontation in the region", Alireza Tangsiri, the navy commander of IRGC, said on Sunday.

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He added that he is still looking into what the European mission in the Persian Gulf "would do", claiming that the United States proposal "was far more likely to be successful".

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Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has warned there's a potential for war if Israel joins the maritime coalition in the Persian Gulf. In an interview to the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen television station in Lebanon, Tangsiri made the disturbing warning that "whenever our commanders wish so, they are able to detain any ship, even if it is accompanied by American and British forces". The U.S. decision to launch an global coalition to protect shipping came after attacks on oil tankers and the seizure of a British oil tanker by Iran in July.

Shortly after the Israeli regime announced it would join the United States coalition last week, Iran warned the Israeli regime over the consequences of such decision.

Since Mr Trump removed the U.S. from the deal, drones have been downed and tankers mysteriously attacked in Gulf waters.