To ensure freedom of navigation in the Middle East, the United States wants allies to ship.
Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced Tuesday that a multinational alliance would be formed in the coming weeks to ensure freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz and the Mand Strait off the coast of Yemen. Among them, the U.S. military will launch command ships and lead reconnaissance forces, while allied warships will patrol and escort their merchant ships.
Russia today describes the US move as outsourcing the search for Iranian oil tankers to allies and speculates that Britain and Egypt may have joined the alliance on the grounds that both countries have seized oil tankers carrying Iranian oil recently. A Japanese government spokesman did not respond to whether a self-defense force would be deployed, saying only that the United States and Japan would cooperate closely.
The commander of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard, Hussein Nishat, said Tuesday that all U.S. military bases and aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf are within the scope of Iranian missile strikes, and that the United States is fully aware of the consequences of the outbreak of military conflict with Iran.
The United States wants to form a military alliance to escort Reuters off Iran and Yemen
U.S. command, allies work
Dunford briefed reporters Tuesday on details of the escort plan with Acting Defense Secretary Espar and Secretary of State Pompeo, Reuters reported.
We are in contact with several countries to see if we can form an alliance to ensurefreedom of navigationin the Strait of Hormuz and Mand. Dunford said. I think in the next few weeks we will be able to identify which countries have the political will, and then we will confirm with the military what specific capabilities they can provide.
He also said that the U.S. military will launch command ships and lead reconnaissance operations, while allied warships will be responsible for patrolling around command ships and providing escorts for their own oil tankers. We expect others (allies) to complete the actual patrol and escort.
Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will retire from Visual China in October this year
Since the oil tanker attack near the Strait of Hormuz in the past two months, the U.S. government has discussed joint cruise with allies. But Reuters pointed out that this was the first time that the United States had escorted Bab-el-Mandeb.
The Mand Strait connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden, and nearly 4 million barrels of crude oil pass through it every day. According to Reuters, attacks by Iranian-backed Hussein militants on the ground have long been a disease of the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Britain and Egypt may join, but Japan has not made a clear statement.
Russia Today described Washington as outsourcing the task of detaining Iranian tankers to allies, while the so-called freedom of navigation is essentially freedom of piracy. The article speculates that Britain and Egypt may join the alliance because both countries have previously seized oil tankers carrying Iranian oil.
On the evening of 4 July, Gibraltar police seized an Iranian supertanker Grace 1 carrying about 2 million barrels of crude oil with the assistance of British troops on suspicion of violating EU sanctions against Syria.
According to the Qatari media Al-Araby, Egypt also detained a Ukrainian flag ship carrying Iranian oil on the Suez Canal at the end of June. Russia today said Tehran was silent about Egypts actions, but accused Britain of pure piracy.