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Saudi becomes part of US-led Gulf marine forces

Saudi Press Agency learned in the kingdom's Ministry of Defense on Wednesday that it joined the International Maritime Security Construct. The coalition led by the United States safeguards merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandeb, the Sea of Oman and the Persian Gulf.

The Pentagon has been reaching out to allies to participate in the maritime safety mission since Iran started capturing tankers and accusing the crews of foreign ships of smuggling fuel and violating international regulations. The Islamic Republic's campaign followed a seizure in Gibraltar of its own vessel carrying oil.

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