Summary of situation around Hormuz
Also, the US has given 84 F-15 fighter jets to ally Saudi-Arabia, has declared to continue the drone campaign in Iran and has moved aircraft carrier Carl Vinson into the Arabian Sea, which has joined aircraft carrier John C. Stennis, which has been already stationed outside of the Strait of Hormuz.
The Pentagon has declared that the troops in Kuwait “based on the need” in the Middle East, the Pentagon conceded Friday, denying the recent influx is aimed squarely at Iran. A military official told Army Times that it’s likely the U.S. will have a “continued presence in Kuwait, similar to before 2003.” |
Tension between Iran and the United States has ratcheted up in recent weeks, with Iran threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz (through which one-fifth of the world's oil shipments passes) if sanctions are imposed on the Iranian oil industry to punish the country for its nuclear program. U.S. officials have said Iran will be stopped if it tries to make good on its threat.
A few days ago, aircraft carrier Carl Vinson joined the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis in the Arabian Sea, giving commanders major naval and air assets in case Iran carries out its recent threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic choke point in the Persian Gulf through which one-fifth of the world's oil shipments passes. The USS C. Stennis was recently involved in freeing 13 Iranian fishermen in the Gulf of Oman, which were held hostage by Somalian pirates.
Picture: Aircraft Carrier USS C. Stennis, 2007