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US, allies planning naval escort for Gulf tankers: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: 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. Milley, currently chief of staff of the army, confirmed less specific remarks by current Joint Chiefs Chairman General Joseph Dunford earlier this week.


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