GCC ministers agree to boost security in Persian Gulf

Eric Watkins, Middle East CorrespondentEven as the US Navy vowed to use "deadly force" to prevent any further disruption of Iraqi oil exports, interior ministers of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have agreed to step up their cooperation on issues of security throughout the Persian Gulf region.A joint US Navy-US Coast Guard team is reviewing its tactics for protecting navigation in the Persian Gulf following the Apr. 24 suicide attack near an Iraqi oil terminal that killed three service members (OGJ Online, Apr. 26, 2004)."There's less tolerance, more inclination to use force in the security zone," USCG Comdt. Thomas Collins told a news briefing May 5 in Washington, DC. ...

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