US Considers Deploying Military to Protect Oil Tankers from Iranian Hijacking Threats

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Two US officials have stated that the US may soon propose to place armed sailors and marines on commercial ships traveling through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf in response to alleged Iranian attempts to commandeer ships in international waters.

After Iran seized and harassed commercial shipping vessels in July, the Pentagon dispatched additional F-35 and F-16 fighter aircraft along with a warship to the Middle East.

After seizing a commercial tanker last month, Tehran announced it had a court order to confiscate another tanker in Gulf waters. The Strait of Hormuz separates Iran from Oman.

In May, the White House announced that the Biden administration would take action in the region, but did not specify what those actions would be.

Under the condition of anonymity, a government official revealed that the military had already begun training marines in the Middle East to serve on the vessels. However, it would ultimately be up to commercial vessels to request soldiers for particularly hazardous stretches of the Strait of Hormuz.

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US Navy’s Gulf of Oman Intervention Thwarts Suspected Iranian Tanker Hijacking

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Two US officials have stated that the US may soon propose to place armed sailors and marines on commercial ships traveling through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf in response to alleged Iranian attempts to commandeer ships in international waters.

In July, the US Navy claimed to have intervened in the Gulf of Oman to prevent Iran from hijacking two commercial tankers.

In periods of tension between the United States and Iran, there have been a series of assaults on shipping in the strategic waters of the Gulf since 2019. Approximately one-fifth of the world’s crude oil and refined petroleum products pass through the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran’s relations with the west have deteriorated over the past year, prompting Washington and its allies to seek methods to alleviate tensions and revive some form of nuclear limits.

 

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Source: The Guardian

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