An infantry battalion could be sent to al-Minhad in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), while a training post in Oman could also be used. The Royal Navy is also believed to hope that the port in Bahrain could be increased in size to accommodate more sailors and bigger warships.
“You could see an infantry battalion based in al-Minhad, being able to train alongside the Emirates,” a defence source told The Times.
Professor Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Services Institute think-tank, said that the UK military had been looking at increasing its presence in the region as troops have been withdrawn from Afghanistan.
Sir Jeremy Greenstock, a former British ambassador to the United Nations, said a UK military presence would help deter Isis from expanding.
“It will also make it more difficult for some internal cell in Bahrain or UAE or wherever to think they can have a go at the local government if they see some highly trained and capable people standing alongside the government,” he said.
“It all tends towards stabilising the situation for these quite vulnerable states because they are so small.”
british troops doing their humanitarian mission in propping up gulf slave states with no legitimacy amongst their people