Three British military bases could be set up in the Persian Gulf to fight the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), a source in the Ministry of Defence said. The bases could be part of a larger US-led offensive to battle militants in Iraq and Syria.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman and Bahrain are all potential candidates to host the bases, the ministry source told the Times on Wednesday. The move would follow an agreement by NATO leaders to ramp up efforts to contain the terror threat emanating from the region.
UK forces already use the Al-Minhad airbase near Dubai to fly troops in and out of Afghanistan.
“You could see an infantry battalion based in Al-Minhad, being able to train alongside the Emirates,” a defense source said.