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Wed Jul 10, 2019, 10:11 PM

LOL!! As Standoff Deepens, US Tries Coalition-Building On Iran

Date created : 10/07/2019 - 20:28

Washington (AFP)

In seeking a coalition at sea to monitor Iran, the United States is hoping to present a united front at a time when its hawkish policy has aggravated tensions and key allies are at loggerheads.

General Joseph Dunford, the top US military officer, said the United States would take the commanding role and provide surveillance as other countries escort vessels under their own flags.

"I think probably over the next couple weeks we'll identify which nations have the political will to support that initiative and then we'll work directly with the militaries to identify the specific capabilities that'll support that," Dunford said Tuesday.

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- European skepticism -

Mark Esper, the acting defense secretary, said on a recent visit to NATO's headquarters that "a few" allies had privately expressed interest in the coalition.

But European leaders have been widely skeptical of Trump's policy on Iran and still support the 2015 nuclear deal.

In a potential omen for Washington, Spain in May recalled a frigate accompanying a US aircraft carrier heading to the Middle East, saying it wanted to steer clear of any potential "warlike action."

It is not the first time the United States has worked to escort oil in the Gulf. During the Iran-Iraq War, Washington protected Kuwaiti ships that were given the US flag.

The USS Vincennes, deployed for the operation, in 1988 shot down a civilian Iran Air flight, killing 290 people in an incident for which Washington has never apologized.

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Reply LOL!! As Standoff Deepens, US Tries Coalition-Building On Iran (Original post)
RCW2014 Jul 2019 OP
imwithfred Jul 2019 #1
Thorson Jul 2019 #2
RCW2014 Jul 2019 #3
Grumpy Pickle Jul 2019 #4
RCW2014 Jul 2019 #5
Grumpy Pickle Jul 2019 #6
fuel Jul 2019 #7

Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 10:13 PM

1. Well, I see a little tiny itty-bitty ship from the Royal Navy chased off

five great big huge Iranian ships trying to take over a British tanker.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 10:19 PM

2. Aw gee, RC I hate to burst your bubble but the UK is on board.

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Response to Thorson (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 10:21 PM

3. But of course... nt

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 10:27 PM

4. Let the UN send in troops to " monitor " the situation.

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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 10:44 PM

5. Right after they send them to apartheid gaza, right?

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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 02:38 PM

6. Let the UN "police " Iran....the US doesn't need to do it, even tho Israel

is pushing them to do it.

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