South Korea To Deploy New Batch Of Troops To Gulf Of Aden - Reports
Faizan Hashmi 9 days ago Tue 13th August 2019 | 10:10 AM
TOKYO (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 13th August, 2019) South Korea is due to sent 300 additional troops to the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia, local media reported on Tuesday as speculations continue about possible Seoul's mission in the Strait of Hormuz near Iran.
The 30th batch of the Cheonghae Unit is due to depart from the South Korean southern coast later on Tuesday, Yonhap news Agency reported, citing the country's navy. The troops are due to conduct anti-piracy missions off the coast of Somalia for six months. The mission starts in September.
Last week, the United States invited Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, South Korea and the United Kingdom, among others, to join a coalition to secure the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway that connects the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Since May, several oil tankers have been attacked in the Strait of Hormuz. The United States and its allies have blamed Iran for the incidents, while Tehran has denied its involvement. The tensions have prompted Washington to build up its military presence in the region, which has entailed the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group, Patriot missiles, B-52 bombers, F-15 fighters and the USS Mason destroyer.