Are we seeing the first moves in a new Middle Eastern war? Iran and Saudi Arabia have been fighting each other through proxies for years but now we're seeing Iranian-backed attacks on Saudi soil, retaliatory attacks on Iranian gas rigs and (possibly) attacks on tankers by Iran in response. The US have moved a carrier group into the area. If the long expected conflict between the US and Iran does start, can Britain stay out? We have a number of minesweepers there keeping the Strait of Hormuz clear and alliances with the Gulf States.