United States Building Maritime Security Coalition For Gulf

According to Reuters, a senior U.S. State Department official on Monday said that the United States is building a coalition with its allies to protect Gulf shipping lanes by having “eyes on all shipping.” The official told reporters that a coalition of nations would provide both material and financial contributions to the “Sentinel” program. The official said that “It’s about proactive deterrence, because the Iranians just want to go out and do what they want to do and say hey we didn’t do it.