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Several nations are set to embark on maritime security missions in response to Iranian aggression.
 
11/26/2020
 

The Persian Gulf Is About to Become Dangerously Crowded

Several nations are set to embark on maritime security missions in response to Iranian aggression.

BY WARREN REINSCH

Set to begin in January 2020, nearly two dozen nations will be involved in several separate maritime security missions in and around the Persian Gulf. Missions led by France, India and the United States have come in response to recent Iranian attacks on critical oil infrastructure in the Middle East and frequent threats to halt trade through the Strait of Hormuz. As sweltering tensions continue to broil, saturating the Persian Gulf with foreign militaries may not alleviate war, but rather accelerate it.

On November 7, the U.S.-led naval coalition officially launched an operation from its headquarters in Bahrain to secure international trade in the Persian Gulf, the Defense Post reported. The new mission, called Operation Sentinel, will see trade vessels escorted through the Strait of Hormuz, an important waterway through which one third of the world’s seaborne oil flows.

"The goal of Operation Sentinel," according to the U.S. Central Command, "is to promote maritime stability, ensure safe passage, and deescalate tensions in international waters throughout the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, the Bab el-Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Oman."

 
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