US Set To Enlist Military Allies In Gulf, Yemen Waters

Elias Hubbard
July 12, 2019

The US has proposed an worldwide military coalition to ensure freedom of navigation.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul's visit, board, search and seizure team pulls alongside a Bahraini dhow during routine maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf, June 25, 2019. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

The budding coalition comes as tensions soar with Iran, which shot down a US spy drone and has been blamed by Washington for a series of sabotage attacks on oil tankers.

Last month, Iran shot down a USA drone near the Strait, prompting President Donald Trump to order retaliatory air strikes, only to call them off. But amidst the shrill rhetoric, America's regional ally the UAE, an archrival of Tehran, said "no country could be held responsible" for the alleged attacks until a strong piece of evidence is produced against the accused. The backtracking from the deal triggered a new round of hostility between Washington and Tehran. The US sees this as a mission that can no longer easiest encompass the Gulf nevertheless moreover waters off Yemen.

The US would provide "train and control" ships, leading surveillance efforts, he acknowledged.

This would be the first military support for merchant vessels in the region since naval patrols began escorting ships through Somali pirate-infested waters in 2009.

Marine Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Workers, acknowledged he wished to "be definite freedom of navigation" in the blueprint, which affords an awfully great substitute routes. India has already offered escorts for its flagged ships, while USA and United Kingdom assets are also in the region.

Why is the U.S. so concerned with the Gulf shipping route?

Iran has long threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, through which nearly a fifth of the world's oil passes, if it was unable to export its oil, something Trump's administration has sought as a way to pressure Tehran to renegotiate a deal on its nuclear program.

Iran has threatened to seize a United Kingdom ship in retaliation, with owners and operators of UK-flagged ships operating in the region in delicate and sensitive discussions with the government over safeguarding their transit in Middle East Gulf waters.

Iran has repeatedly denied involvement in the attacks.

On Monday, the coalition acknowledged it had foiled an attack on a commercial ship the spend of an unmanned boat rigged with explosives in the southern Crimson Sea, and warned of the risk to global commerce. The US was eventually drawn into the war after one of its vessels came under an attack.

The latest US-Iranian tensions date back to previous year when Mr Trump withdrew from the nuclear accord and restored heavy sanctions on Iran, including its oil industry, exacerbating an economic crisis that has sent the currency plummeting.

The straits of Hormuz and Bab al-Mandab are strategically notable locations, providing get true of entry to from the Indian Ocean to the Gulf and the Crimson Sea respectively.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month that he hoped more than 20 countries would work together on building maritime security in the region, including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Everyday, almost four million barrels of oil pass through Bab-al Mandab to the rest of the world.

5 Will even unbiased: The US sends an aircraft carrier strike community and B-52 bombers to the Gulf due to of "troubling and escalatory indications" linked to Iran.

The Islamic Republic has warned there will be a response to the arrest, with President Hassan Rouhani saying on Wednesday that Britain "will realise the consequences later".

The incidents of oil-tanker attacks and U.S. drone shooting by Iranian forces followed. Iran's financial system slumps as they receive raze. The US but again accuses Iran, releasing photos purportedly showing Iranian forces disposing of an unexploded limpet mine from a damaged vessel.

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