/Aggressive Iran poised to take British civilians hostage as human shields in Iraq

Aggressive Iran poised to take British civilians hostage as human shields in Iraq

Military think tank RUSI’s Michael Clarke warned the number of British hostages in Iraq could possibly multiple in the wake of Qassem Soleimani’s assassination. He explained the Iranian regime have a lot they can do to retaliate. BBC Politics Live host Adam Fleming asked: “Do you think those dual nationals like Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe held in Iranian jails, are they kind of like a human shield? Are they going to be pawns in this?”

Speaking on Politics Live, Mr Clarke said: “They’re political hostages for sure.

“Part of the viciousness of the Iranian regime, they take political hostages and believe me if this isn’t resolved soon they will probably take more.

“The Zaghari-Ratcliffe problem will possibly be multiplied and again I would like to be wrong in saying that but the Iranians press lots of buttons at once.

“They’ve got a lot in front of them that they could do and they’ll try to do it in a fairly graduated way but they’re not nice people.

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Michael Clarke has a stark warning for British citizens in the country (Image: BBC)

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WW3 fears have been sparked following the assassination of Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani (Image: BBC)

“They do have a defensive mindset which they pursue by very aggressive actions and taking political hostages is one of them.”

It comes as Iran issued a terrifying warning to the US as it threatened hundreds of thousands of American troops will die in the Middle East if they don’t leave.

Iran made a video which replicates US President Donald Trump’s tweet of the American flag following the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani.

It shows the Twitter likes as “people killed” as the American flag blew away to unveil a coffin. The terrifying video was accompanied by the warning: “US soldiers should leave me or die in it.”

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It comes as Iran issued a terrifying warning to the US (Image: GETTY)

World War 3 fears rocketed after the US military on Thursday killed Iran’s second-most-powerful commander Qassem Soleimani as he travelled to Baghdad International Airport alongside anti-ISIS paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

The US Department of Defense claimed General Soleimani had masterminded several attacks on US targets, causing the death of American civilians as well as military personnel through several years and was orchestrating further strikes.

But Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “severe revenge awaits the criminals” behind the attack.


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US vs Iran (Image: EXPRESS)

Global leaders have begun assessing the magnitude of the situation with many holding fears of World War 3 and destabilisation of the Middle East.

For the first time in the history of Iran, a red flag was raised over the Holy Dome of Jamkarān Mosque symbolising a severe battle to come. The disturbing war flag reads the words: “Those who want to avenge the blood of Hussein.”

International relations scholars have argued that this could see further escalation and ultimately all-out war.

Despite growing concern from world leaders Donald Trump has argued the attack against the general is more likely to have prevented World War 3 than caused it.

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