US wants military coalition to safeguard waters off Iran, Yemen
Ships in the port of Fujairah in the UAE, where recent tensions spiraling between Iran and the United States have affected movement in the Gulf of Oman, near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. A man watches on July 2, 2019 the ships movement in the port of Fujairah in the east of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where recent tensions spiraling between Iran and the United States have affected movement in the Gulf of Oman, near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. )
,ARABNEWS,REUTERS-July 10, 2019
Iran has long threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, through which almost a fifth of the world’s oil passes
Nearly 4 million barrels of oil are shipped daily through the Bab Al-Mandab to Europe, the US and Asia plus commercial goods
WASHINGTON: The United States hopes to enlist allies over the next two weeks or so in a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen, where Washington blames Iran and Iran-aligned fighters for attacks, the top US general said on Tuesday.
Under the plan, which has only been finalized in recent days, the United States would provide command ships and lead surveillance efforts for the military coalition. Allies would patrol waters near those US command ships and escort commercial vessels with their nation’s flags.
Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, articulated those details to reporters following meetings on Tuesday about it with acting US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“We’re engaging now with a number of countries to see if we can put together a coalition that would ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab Al-Mandab,” Dunford said.