A volatile element in the Persian Gulf today is the presence of Iranian troops on three small but strategically located islands near the Straits of Hormuz. How they got there—an unintended result of the rapid withdrawal of the United Kingdom from “east of Suez” in 1968–71—despite the concerted efforts of the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, and the Foreign Office has recently been illuminated by declassified British sources.
"Deterring Iran, 1968–71—The Royal Navy, Iran, and the Disputed Persian Gulf Islands,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 56
, Article 9.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol56/iss4/9