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Panic over shipping routes through tense Middle East subside

10th January 2020 - 10:18 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London


As the embers of US-Iranian struggle for influence in the Middle East return to a dull glow following a week of tensions, the heightened threat of attacks on shipping in regional waters has ebbed.

The initial consensus was that Iran could look to continue its, and associated proxy, efforts in the Red Sea, Bab al Mandeb, Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf to attack commercial or military shipping in transit through or operating in the region.

However, Iranian officials were keen to be seen to take the diplomatic high ground in moving to reassure ship operators that trade would continue

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Richard Thomas


Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the Senior Editor, Naval at Shephard Media. Richard joined the company in …

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