US, France, UK navies hold Arabian Gulf mine drills off coast of Bahrain

The US, French and British navies have launched anti-mine exercises off Bahrain in support of the free movement of trade in Gulf waters. (AFP/File Photo)
Updated 15 April 2019

US, France, UK navies hold Arabian Gulf mine drills off coast of Bahrain

  • The exercise is “purely defensive” US Navy said
  • The US Fifth Fleet has been based in Bahrain since 1995

MANAMA: The US, French and British navies have launched anti-mine exercises off Bahrain in support of the free movement of trade in Gulf waters, a military spokeswoman said Monday.
“As mines threaten maritime traffic indiscriminately, the US, France and United Kingdom are dedicated to conducting tactical training to counter the risk of mines in order to support the continued free flow of commerce and freedom of navigation in this critical region,” said the US Fifth Fleet, which has been based in Bahrain since 1995.
The exercise is “purely defensive,” Lt. Chloe Morgan, a spokesperson for the US Navy, told AFP.
The archipelago is also home to a permanent British military base.


US targets five Iranian officials for blocking election candidates

Updated 20 February 2020

US targets five Iranian officials for blocking election candidates

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday slapped sanctions on five Iranian officials in charge of vetting candidates for this week's parliamentary elections, in which thousands have been barred from running.
The targeted officials include Ahmad Jannati, a powerful cleric accused of overseeing the disqualification of candidates as part of the Guardian Council. The ultra-conservative also plays a key role in a body that selects the regime's supreme leader.
"The Trump Administration will not tolerate the manipulation of elections to favor the regime's malign agenda, and this action exposes those senior regime officials responsible for preventing the Iranian people from freely choosing their leaders," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.