U.S. sets up new Mideast naval task force amid strained Gulf ties

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By Alexander Cornwell DUBAI (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy on Wednesday said it was establishing a new multinational task force that would target arms smuggling in the waters around Yemen, the latest American military response to Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Washington has sought to reassure Saudi Arabia and the UAE, who see the U.S. commitment to the region as waning, by providing additional military support in recent months following the missile and drone attacks on the Gulf nations. Fifth Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Brad Cooper said that the task force would, fro…

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