Pentagon Says Moving Closer To Persian Gulf Military-Escort Plan

The Pentagon says it is moving closer to establishing military escorts for ships in the Persian Gulf, hours after Britain said armed Iranian boats “attempted to impede” a British oil tanker. General Mark Milley, who has been nominated to become chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, on July 11 said Washington was working to put together a coalition "in terms of providing military escort, naval escort to commercial shipping." "I think that that will be developing over the next couple weeks," Milley said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. He called freedom of navigation a fundamental principle. Washington blames Iran or Iranian-linked proxies for a series of attacks on shipping in the world's most important oil transit route in the past two months. Tehran has denied the accusations. Britain early on July 11 said three Iranian boats “attempted to impede” the British Heritage oil tanker in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, in a move that followed threats by Tehran that London would face consequences for the seizure of an Iranian supertanker last week....................

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