The British Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose, a Type 23 Frigate, performing turns during an excercise off Oman. File / Agence France-Presse
Britain on Saturday denounced Iran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf as a "hostile act" and rejected Tehran's explanation that it seized the vessel because it had been involved in an accident.
Gibraltar refused on Sunday a US request to seize the Iranian tanker caught in a stand-off between Tehran and the West, as the stationary vessel raised an Iranian flag ahead of its expected departure from the British territory.
Two US military officials quoted by the paper said the Pentagon wanted to resume these operations in order to pick up the fight against the Daesh group. Washington began the pause on January 5 two days after the strike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani at the Baghdad airport.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in December 2019.
The joint military forces, the ministry said in a statement on Facebook, also detained civilian members of Sudan’s ruling council and ministers in Hamdok’s transitional government.
The agreement signed on February 29, 2020 between Washington and the Taliban — which excluded Ghani's government in Kabul — paved the way for the US to end its longest war.