US plans coalition of allies to patrol waters off Iran and Yemen

Reuters – July 10, 2019

The United States hopes to enlist allies in the coming weeks for a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters in the Persian Gulf where Washington blames Iran and Iran-aligned fighters for attacks, the Penatgon’s most senior general has said.

Under the plan, which has only been finalised in recent days, the US would provide command ships and lead surveillance efforts for the military coalition in seaas off Iran and Yemen. Allies would patrol waters near those US command ships and escort commercial vessels with their nation’s flags.

Gen Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, gave details to reporters following meetings about it on Tuesday 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.

“And so I think probably over the next couple of weeks we’ll identify which nations have the political will to support that initiative and then we’ll work directly with the militaries to identify the specific capabilities that’ll support that.”

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

But the US proposal for an international coalition to safeguard shipping in the Straits, which are at the mouth of the Gulf, has been gaining momentum since attacks in May and June against oil tankers in Gulf waters. Last month, Iran shot down a US drone near the Straits, prompting Trump to order retaliatory air strikes, only to call them off.

Although US officials had publicly discussed plans to safeguard the Straits, Dunford’s disclosure that the coalition would also seek to bolster security in the Bab al-Mandab off Yemen appeared to be a new element.

The US, as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have long fretted over attacks by Iran-aligned Houthi fighters in the narrow Bab al-Mandab waterway, which connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.

Nearly 4 million barrels of oil are shipped daily through the Bab al-Mandab to Europe, the United states and Asia plus commercial goods.

Dunford said the US would provide “command and control” ships but said the goal would be for other countries to provide vessels to patrol waters between those command ships.

The third part of the mission would involve coalition members escorting their countries’ commercial vessels.

“The expectation is that the actual patrolling and escorts would be done by others,” he said.

Dunford said the size of the campaign could be adjusted based on the number of countries that commit to it.

“This will be scaleable, right? So with a small number of contributors, we can have a small mission. And we’ll expand that as the number of nations that are willing to participate identify themselves,” he said.


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2 responses to “US plans coalition of allies to patrol waters off Iran and Yemen”

  1. The jews must be really stupid if they think the people of Britain fall for this bullshit.
    We all know its jews behind this they are the originators of false flag politics and attacks.
    The jews got the USA and UK to clear the middle east of muslims, then they got their paid proxies Al Nusra Al Qaeda Isis Islamic Front Muslim world etc to usher them over to us so they can steal the land its oil and mineal wealth, but the millions now in the uk are a ready made 5th column, they shine laser pens at US warplanes at the US bases in the uk
    so the pilots have to land, they have adresses of where the US families are, they openly say if iran s people are attacked they will attack the US and UK soldiers families
    British politicians dont have the ability to do joined up thinking,
    By the government people trafficking in all these foregn nationals, they have opened the doors to a nightmare, and as always its the people who suffer for racist governments