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U.S. Navy stepping up counter-mine operations against Iran in the Persian Gulf

The Navy is doubling the number of its minesweepers in the Persian Gulf. This is a good idea. Anyone who remembers the tanker wars of the 1980s knows that the first escalatory move by the Iranians would be to start tossing mines all over the Gulf. More here.

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The Navy is doubling the number of its minesweepers in the Persian Gulf. This is a good idea. Anyone who remembers the tanker wars of the 1980s knows that the first escalatory move by the Iranians would be to start tossing mines all over the Gulf. More here.

The Navy is doubling the number of its minesweepers in the Persian Gulf. This is a good idea. Anyone who remembers the tanker wars of the 1980s knows that the first escalatory move by the Iranians would be to start tossing mines all over the Gulf. More here.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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