U.S. Details Plans for Persian Gulf Naval Coalition
On Wednesday, the chairman of the U.S. military Joint Chiefs of Staff provided new details of the White House’s effort to enlist other nations to provide security for merchant shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and other strategic Middle Eastern sea lanes.
In comments to media in Washington, JCOS chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford (USMC) said that the U.S. is “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.” He did not name likely partners, but he suggested that the government will probably be able identify nations with the political will to take on the task over the next several weeks.
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