Spanish Frigate Peels Off From US Carrier Group Over Iran Conflict Fears

With things fast heating up in the Persian Gulf, including a recent US military build-up and the hasty blaming of Iran for a mysterious “sabotage” attack on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, will international powers begin drawing a line in the sand? Famously, France condemned Bush’s rush to war in 2003, and along with Germany refused to send military support to the coalition invasion.

And now Spain has ordered its military frigate, the Méndez Núñez, which has 215 sailors on board, out of a US coalition naval group en route to the Persian Gulf, citing “it will not enter into any other type of mission” in the Persian Gulf region, according to the Spanish Minister of Defense.

Minister of Defense Margarita Robles ordered the “temporary measure of withdrawal of the frigate Méndez Núñez (F-104) from the combat group of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln while it is in the Middle East,” sources from her office told the digital edition of El País.

Spanish frigate ‘Méndez Núñez’ (front) and ‘USS Abraham Lincoln, via El Pais/Spanish Navy

“The frigate is on a mission of circumnavigation and will not enter into any other type of mission,” sources revealed, cited by the El Mundo news website.

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