The UK is considering setting up or expanding three military bases in the Middle East as part of the fight against the extremist militant group Isis, according to a report.

An infantry battalion could be sent to al-Minhad in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), while a training post in Oman could also be used. The Royal Navy is also believed to hope that the port in Bahrain could be increased in size to accommodate more sailors and bigger warships.

The news came as the US is preparing to go on the offensive against Isis, which now calls itself Islamic State, in collaboration with the UK and other allies. […]