Iranian-linked terror cells said to be ready to strike UK as Theresa May's own MPs accuse the government of dropping the ball on the Gulf tanker crisis

Business Insider | 7/22/2019 | Thomas Colson
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Iranian-linked terrorist cells are reportedly thought to be ready to strike the UK as tensions in the Gulf rise.

The cells are operated by people with links to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, an Iranian ally, The Telegraph reported.

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Multiple Conservative members of Parliament accused the government of having "dropped the ball" by failing to protect UK ships.

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to chair an emergency meeting on Monday morning as she attempts to deal with the crisis.

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LONDON — Iranian-linked terrorist cells are reportedly thought to be ready to strike the UK if the crisis between London and Tehran escalates further, as supporters of Prime Minister Theresa May's government increased their criticism over Iran's seizing of a British-flagged tanker in the Persian Gulf.

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UK intelligence agencies believe that Iran has organized and funded terrorist sleeper cells across Europe and could approve attacks in response to the crisis in the Gulf should it escalate further, The Telegraph reported Sunday night.

The cells are operated by people with links to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, an Iranian ally. Counterterrorism police identified a cell in 2015 that was stockpiling large amounts of explosives just outside London.

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May is due to chair a meeting of the British government's emergency Cobra committee on Monday in her last week as prime minister, while Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to make a statement in the Commons on Monday afternoon.

The meeting comes after members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard boarded the Stena Impero on Friday as it passed through international waters, saying it was a "reciprocal action" after British forces intercepted an Iranian tanker near the British territory of Gibraltar at the entrance to the Mediterranean earlier this month. The UK suspected the Iranian tanker of taking oil to Syria in violation of sanctions.

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