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Can the US protect the Persian Gulf if Iran wants to target tankers?

Tensions between the United States and Iran are rising due to a rash of attacks on a half-dozen oil tankers traveling through the Persian Gulf region over the past several weeks.

Most recently, two tankers in the Gulf of Oman were struck by explosions on June 13. President Donald Trump has blamed Iran for the incidents, and the Pentagon released grainy video footage it says shows Iranian forces removing a limpet mine from the side of one of the ships. Iran denies any role in those attacks or the damage done to four other ships in May.

The exchange comes amid the standoff over the United States’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal – the landmark 2015 pact between Iran and six world

What makes shipping in the Persian Gulf vulnerable to attack?How does the U.S. maintain security in the Gulf?How could the U.S. bolster Gulf security?How could Iran disrupt shipping in the Persian Gulf?How far can this game of Persian Gulf brinkmanship go?

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