Japan sends warship to the Middle East

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The Japanese military begins sea patrols in the Gulf of Oman and the north of the Arabian Sea in February. On Sunday, the destroyer “Takanami” made its way into the region, as the agency Kyodo reports.

The “Takanami” is said to join the two P-3 Orion sea reconnaissance aircraft that have been in the region since the beginning of January.

There are 260 Japanese on the one-year assignment soldiers involved. However, they are only allowed to use their weapons to protect Japanese ships, as it was said.

The operation, which is scheduled to start in the second half of February, has 4.7 billion yen ($ 43 million) from the Japanese state budget.

The patrol route runs off the road from Hormuz and the Persian Gulf. Japan has imposed these restrictions in order not to overshadow historically good relations with regional power Iran.

In the Middle East, the situation is after military Confrontation between the United States and Iran tense from early January.

On the night of January 3, a U.S. drone killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani near Baghdad Airport. The attack on Soleimani, which the United States blamed for the attack on the American embassy in Iraq on December 31, 2019, was personally ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump.

In retaliation, the Iranian military used missiles to attack military bases used by US soldiers in neighboring Iraq. According to the latest information from the Pentagon, 64 American soldiers were injured.

The United States then imposed sanctions on Iranian mining and metal companies. Hundreds of thousands of people took part in funeral marches for Soleimani in Iran and Iraq. The Iraqi parliament called for a resolution to withdraw all foreign troops from the country.

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