(AmericanProsperity.com) – Thousands of US Marines and additional warships arrived in the Middle East on August 6, as the US military boost its presence in the region to counter the Iranian regime’s aggression in the Strait of Hormuz. In a statement, the US Naval Forces Central Command said that over 3,000 Marines and American sailors arrived aboard the USS Carter Hall and the USS Bataan.
The statement noted that the military equipment and personnel of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Amphibious Ready Group were deployed under orders of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. This deployment was made in what the US Pentagon said was proof of commitment to deterring Iran’s destabilization activities in the Middle East and ensuring freedom of navigation.
During an August 7 press conference, Pentagon press secretary Brigadier General Pat Ryder told reporters that the Biden administration is coordinating this military presence with regional allies. Ryder pointed out the US military is taking this step as Washington and its Middle Eastern partners work as a “broader coalition” to regulate the commercial shipping lanes.
According to different reports, this deployment was made after different destabilizing operations committed by the Iranian regime in the Persian Gulf. This situation required the United States and military allies across the region to intervene and prevent Tehran to spread its influence in the area.
Back in April, an Iranian navy captured in the Gulf of Oman a Marshall Island-flagged oil tanker, prompting condemnation among some Middle East’s nations. In June, British and American navies responded to a distress call from a merchant vessel that three Iranian fast-attack boats harassed in the Strait. And in July, the US military announced it thwarted to attempts by an Iranian navy to seize commercial tankers in Oman.
About these incidents, the Central Command said that what the Iranian regime was doing represented a “clear threat” to the global economy and regional maritime security.
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