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Top general says US, allies planning naval escort for Gulf tankers

WASHINGTON — The United States and its allies are discussing plans to provide naval escorts for oil tankers through the Gulf, a top US general says after Iranian military vessels menaced a British tanker this morning.

General Mark Milley, nominated to become the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells a Senate hearing that the US has a “crucial role” in enforcing freedom of navigation in the Gulf.

He says the US was attempting to put together a coalition “in terms of providing military escort, naval escort to commercial shipping.”

“I think that that will be developing over the next couple weeks.”

— AFP

US Army Gen. Mark A. Milley testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on his nomination to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 11, 2019. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP)

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