US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Danford announced that the United States is seeking to garner support from allies to secure navigation at strategic points in the Strait of Hormuz and Bab el Mandeb.
"We are currently working with a number of countries to see whether we can form an alliance that will secure freedom of navigation in the Straits of Hormuz and Bab al-Mandeb," General Danford was quoted as saying. "I think we may determine in the next two weeks the countries that have the political will to support this initiative and then we will work directly with the armies to determine the capabilities that will ensure that."
This comes after the targeting of oil tankers near the coast of the UAE and the Gulf of Oman during the past two months. The United States accused Iran of being behind the attacks and toughened sanctions on the Islamic Republic. For its part, Iran denied responsibility for the attack on oil tankers and called for investigation and the strengthening of security cooperation among the countries of the region. Source: Reuters