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Gulf War III?

Straight from Lebanese daily Dar Al Hayat:

"Two deputies from the Iranian Shura Council launched a stinging verbal attack on the United Arab Emirates. One of them considered all of the UAE territories protectorates of Iran, describing Abu Dhabi's demand to negotiate over the fate of the three islands (Greater and Lesser Tunb and Abu-Moussa) as impudent. For his part, the other deputy warned that UAE's demand to regain the occupied islands would trigger a war between the two countries".

And the area in question (bottom right corner), scanned (wonkily...) from the indispensable 'Atlas of Territorial and Border Disputes' (NEL, 1980):



Background to the dispute is readily available in the usual place, but the Iranians occupied the islands in '71 and have held them since. I would not fancy the UAE's chances against Iran, but if the UAE's Uncle Sam has its back, who knows where this might lead?

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