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European Allies Spurn U.S. Effort to Protect Ships From Iran

  • Trump’s ‘Operational Sentinel’ winning little allied support
  • French minister says country seeks regional talks on security
Revolutionary Guards patrol around the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero as it's anchored off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. 

Revolutionary Guards patrol around the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero as it's anchored off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. 

Photographer: HHasan Shirvani/AFP via Getty Images

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Soaring tensions with Iran after attacks on tankers and drones prompted the Trump administration to call for a coalition of allies to protect ships passing through the Persian Gulf.

This week, U.S. partners including the U.K. and France essentially asked to be counted out.