Bahrain announces it is joining a US-led naval mission in the Persian Gulf to guarantee maritime security following a string of attacks on ships attributed to Iran.
According to the official Bahrain News Agency, King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa confirmed the kingdom’s participation in the mission during a meeting with US CENTCOM commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.
The US Navy’s Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain.
With its announcement, Bahrain becomes the first Arab country to join the US mission and second overall after the United Kingdom.
Bahrain, the smallest of the Gulf Arab states, is a close US ally and hostile toward Iran, which it has accused of trying to stir unrest among its majority Shiite population.