US to enlist military allies in Gulf and Yemen waters

US to enlist military allies in Gulf and Yemen waters
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A senior general has said the US wants to create an international military coalition to safeguard waters around Iran and Yemen, APA reports citing BBC.

Marine General Joseph Dunford said he wanted to "ensure freedom of navigation" in the region, which provides essential trade routes.

Last month the US blamed Iranian-backed fighters for attacks on two tankers.

Gen Dunford said the US was in talks with a number of countries who had the "political will" to support the plans.

The US would provide "command and control" ships, he said, but the aim would be for other countries to offer boats to establish patrol between those ships.

Gen Dunford said the US would "work directly with the militaries to identify the specific capabilities" each country has to support the initiative.

Faiq Mahmudov

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