US Iran Britain conflict politics oil 11 July 2019 - 18:55

URGENT US, allies planning naval escort for Gulf tankers: Pentagon Washington, July 11, 2019 (AFP) - The United States and its allies are discussing plans to provide naval escorts for oil tankers through the Gulf, a top US general said Thursday after Iranian military vessels menaced a British tanker. General Mark Milley, nominated to become the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate hearing that the US has a "crucial role" in enforcing freedom of navigation in the Gulf. He said the US was attempting to put together a coalition "in terms of providing military escort, naval escort to commercial shipping," he said. "I think that that will be developing over the next couple weeks." pmh/jm

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