U.S. Wants Military Coalition to Safeguard Shipping Off Iran, Yemen

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - The United States hopes to enlist allies over the next two weeks or so in a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen, where Washington blames Iran and Iran-aligned fighters for attacks, the top U.S. general said on Tuesday. Under the plan, which has only been finalized in recent days, the United States … [Read more...]

Incident Video: U.S. and Russia Warships Nearly Collide in East China Sea

By Andrew Osborn and Tim Kelly MOSCOW/TOKYO, June 7 (Reuters) - Russia and the United States blamed each other for a near collision between their warships in East Asian waters on Friday with both countries accusing one another of dangerous and unprofessional behavior. Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Washington would lodge a formal diplomatic protest to … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia Says It’s Seeking to Avert War, But Ball in Iran’s Court

By Marwa Rashad and Stephen Kalin RIYADH, May 19 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it wanted to avert war in the region but stood ready to respond with "all strength" following last week's attacks on Saudi oil assets, telling Iran that the ball was now in its court. Riyadh has accused Tehran of ordering Tuesday's drone strikes on two oil pumping stations in the … [Read more...]

Inside the Close Naval Encounters in the South China Sea

By Derek Wallbank (Bloomberg) -- The voice on the radio in the middle of the South China Sea follows a familiar script for Captain Eric Anduze, who helms the USS Blue Ridge. It’s China on the phone. “They’ll contact us and they’ll go -- ‘U.S. government vessel, this is Chinese Navy vessel’ number whatever -- ‘we will maintain five miles from you and escort you as … [Read more...]

Iran Guard Rejects Talks as Senior Cleric Threaten’s U.S. Navy Fleet

DUBAI, May 10 (Reuters) - Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Friday Tehran would not negotiate with the United States and a senior cleric warned that a U.S. Navy fleet could be "destroyed with one missile," as a U.S aircraft carrier headed towards the Gulf. The comments by hardliners appeared partly aimed at discouraging President Hassan Rouhani and his moderate allies in … [Read more...]