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Pentagon says US plans naval escorts for Gulf tankers

The Pentagon says it is discussing military escorts for vessels in the Gulf, a day after Iranian ships allegedly tried to block a United Kingdom oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.The White House's nominee to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said on Thursday Washington was attempting to put together a coalition "in terms of providing military escort, naval escort to commercial shipping".

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