Al-Shabaab militants Flee key town as Somali army Advances
The British coalition, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, has ordered an immediate review of military planning in the Persian Gulf and new proposals to be drawn up to coordinate military activity in the region with local allies hostile to Iran, the Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday.
The decision comes as the previous review back in the 1990s seems way too old as the expatriate British population has boomed in the region, topping 100,000 in the UAE alone, not considering around a million British tourists who travel to Dubai every year.
London fears that a possible retaliatory response from Iran in case of a strike on its nuclear sites might endanger "Western interests" in the Persian Gulf.
This has resulted in an increased British military presence in the waters. This includes regular patrolling of Royal Navy warships across the Persian Gulf and their presence at UAE ports.
Sources say that the United States and Turkish forces based in the capital Mogadishu have bombed Al-Shabaab's defensive bases from the air, which forced the militants to flee.