06 Jul '18, 10pm

US Troops Ready to Protect Busy Oil Route if Iran Moves to Block It

US Troops Ready to Protect Busy Oil Route if Iran Moves to Block It

American troops in the Middle East are prepared to keep a vital crude-oil transit lane open after Iranian officials threatened to block it over the threat of new sanctions. Iran's Revolutionary Guards said this week that the country would prevent any oil from being exported through the Strait of Hormuz, a shipping lane between Iran and Oman. About 30 percent of all seaborne-traded crude oil and other liquids are carried through the strait every year, according to Bloomberg . The U.S. military and its partners in the region are prepared to respond if needed. "Together, we stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows," Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said in an emailed statement to Military.com. There are currently thousands of U.S. troops in the region, including about 2,200 Mari...

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