The Strait You’ve Never Heard Of

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“The Red Sea, with the Suez Canal in the north and the Bab el-Mandeb in the south, is one of the most vital sea lines of communication and a critical shipping link between our Pacific and European allies … Since a significant part of USCENTCOM’s forces would deploy by sea, ensuring these waterways remain open to free world shipping must be a key objective.”

-General Norman Schwarzkopf, Head of US Central Command; 1990 testimony to the U.S. Senate

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