Britain may return militarily
to the Persian Gulf:
The withdrawal of all British troops from Afghanistan next year will
create a unique opportunity to reverse the “East of Suez” decision that
formed a landmark in Britain’s retreat from imperial power, the Royal
United Services Institute will say in a paper published on Monday...
The think tank says the Armed Forces are considering a partial reversal
of the “East of Suez” decision. “The military intends to build up a
strong shadow presence around the Gulf; not an evident imperial-style
footprint, but a smart presence,” writes Professor Michael Clarke, its
director. “This may not yet be declared government policy,” he writes.
“But the UK appears to be approaching a decision point where a
significant strategic reorientation of its defence and security towards
the Gulf is both plausible and logical.”
The paper suggests this would involve an augmented fleet in Bahrain and a military base in Oman.
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