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The looming confrontation with Iran

Iran's seizure of a British tanker and the reported shooting down of an Iranian drone by the US Navy have raised tensions in the Middle East. The parties involved have drawn lines in the sand, and all are keeping their fingers firmly locked on the trigger.

LONDON • "Anything can happen; both accidents, as well as planned accidents," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif remarked recently, commenting about the Middle East's security prospect.

And he should know. For it was Iran's seizure of a British tanker as well as the apparent shooting down of an Iranian drone by the US Navy in the Gulf last week that raised tensions throughout the region.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2019, with the headline 'The looming confrontation with Iran'. Print Edition | Subscribe