(Persia Digest) - Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) began “enhanced security patrols” in the international waters of the Arabian [Persian] Gulf area on Saturday, the U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said on Sunday.

Reuters reports that the GCC countries were “specifically increasing communication and coordination with each other in support of regional naval cooperation and maritime security operations in the Arabian [Persian] Gulf,” the Facebook statement said.

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