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Bold Move: US Considers Placing Armed Troops on Commercial Ships to Confront Iran in Strait of Hormuz

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The United States military is contemplating a significant and unprecedented action to protect commercial ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz from Iran’s seizure and harassment. Since 2019, Iran has been seizing ships in the strait as a means of pressuring the West over its nuclear deal negotiations. In response, the U.S. is considering placing armed troops on these commercial vessels to deter further incidents.

This move would mark an extraordinary commitment by U.S. forces in the Middle East, especially as the Pentagon has been focused on concerns related to Russia and China. Notably, even during the “Tanker War” in 1988, the U.S. did not take such a measure, despite a significant naval battle with Iran.

Though details about the plan are limited, thousands of Marines and sailors are on their way to the Persian Gulf aboard the USS Bataan and USS Carter Hall, potentially forming the backbone of any armed guard mission. The Strait of Hormuz is a crucial route, accounting for 20% of the world’s crude oil supply.

The U.S. proposal is still under discussion, and no final decision has been made. Approval from the countries under which the ships are flagged and registered would likely be required for any deployment. The U.S. military is also engaging with its Gulf Arab allies to coordinate efforts.

Iran’s response to the deployment has been critical, with its chief diplomat voicing opposition to foreign involvement in the region’s security. Meanwhile, Iran has conducted military drills in the Persian Gulf, further escalating tensions.

The situation is complicated by Iran’s increased uranium enrichment and its possession of enough enriched uranium to potentially build nuclear bombs, according to international inspectors. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, and U.S. intelligence agencies believe it is not actively pursuing nuclear weapons.

In addition to the potential armed personnel deployment, the U.S. has also pursued ships carrying sanctioned Iranian oil across the world. This has caused concerns in the oil industry, leading to a stranded ship allegedly carrying Iranian oil off the coast of Texas.

The situation remains fluid, and discussions between U.S. military officials and regional allies are ongoing as they weigh the best course of action to address Iran’s actions in the Strait of Hormuz.

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