Iran, China hold joint naval drill in Arabian Gulf

Iran’s Navy has conducted a joint exercise with a Chinese fleet near the Strait of Hormuz. (Reuters)
Updated 18 June 2017
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Iran, China hold joint naval drill in Arabian Gulf

TEHRAN: Iran’s Navy has conducted a joint exercise with a Chinese fleet near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Arabian Gulf.
The official IRNA news agency said Sunday’s drill included an Iranian warship as well as two Chinese warships, a logistics ship and a Chinese helicopter that arrived in Iran’s port of Bandar Abbas last week.
It said the scheduled exercise came before the departure of the Chinese fleet for Muscat, Oman. It did not provide further details.
The US Navy held a joint drill with Qatar in the Arabian Gulf on Saturday.
US and Iranian warships have had a number of tense encounters in the Arabian Gulf in recent years. Nearly a third of all oil traded by sea passes through the Strait of Hormuz.


US to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East

Updated 18 June 2019
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US to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East

DUBAI/WASHINGTON: Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were “defensive purposes,” citing concerns about a threat from Iran.
“The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region,” Shanahan said in a statement.
Reuters first reported plans to send US additional troops to the Middle East earlier on Monday.
Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since last Thursday when two oil tankers were attacked, more than a year after President Donald Trump announced Washington was withdrawing from a 2015 nuclear deal.
Iran said on Monday it would soon breach limits on how much enriched uranium it can stockpile under the deal, which a White House National Security Council spokesman said amounted to “nuclear blackmail.”