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a top US military commander said on Thursday Washington would work aggressively to find a solution to enable free passage for shipping and the crucial street apartment , just hours later Iranian state TV reported that Iran had seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel in the Gulf , the revolutionary guard said the impounded vessel which it has not yet named was told after it sent a distress call the U. S. blamed a series of recent attacks on fuel tankers on Iran Iran denies involvement but has threatened to respond to new US sanctions imposed after president Donald Trump quit a landmark two thousand and fifteen nuclear treaty which restricted Tehran's uranium enrichment , this is the USS boxer on patrol in the Arabian Sea part of an increased American military presence and is asking allies to help protect the strategic waters of Iran in Yemen our mission is the same it does not change which is to promote security near in the region %HESITATION sure allies and sure and certainly sure the fleet a free flow of commerce %HESITATION throughout the straits anywhere else the amphibious assault ship carries not only harrier fighter jets but an array of ground troops we have a craft each loaded with three light armored vehicles stand ready to launch with trucks Humvees and other gear lined up behind the USS fifth fleet based in Bahrain says Gulf Arab states have stepped up patrols as well