Israel hits Iranian force in Syria to stop 'killer drones': military

Israel hits Iranian force in Syria to stop 'killer drones': militaryJERUSALEM/DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Israeli aircraft on Saturday struck Iranian forces near Damascus that had been planning to launch “killer drones” at targets in Israel, an Israeli military spokesman said. “The strike targeted Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite militias which were preparing to advance attack plans targeting sites in Israel from within Syria over the last number of days,” the military said in a statement. The elite Quds Force is the overseas arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

Britain sends another warship to Gulf

Britain sends another warship to GulfA third British warship is heading to the Gulf, the Royal Navy announced Saturday, amid heightened tensions in the region. Britain has already sent the HMS Kent to cover for frigate HMS Montrose while it undergoes maintenance in nearby Bahrain, and is now redirecting the Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender from its mission to the Pacific. Britain outraged Iran by seizing one of its tankers — the Grace 1 — on July 4 on suspicion it was carrying oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.