The Gulf: A Sweeping Conclusion

After several tankers and cargo carriers were damaged by mines floating in the Red Sea earlier this summer, the navies of Britain, Italy, France and the U.S. sent ships to help Egypt and Saudi Arabia sweep their waters clean. Curiously, the extensive international search effort, involving some two dozen vessels and helicopters, has failed to find any mines. Nonetheless, according to the intelligence department of Lloyd's of London, 18 ships were damaged by mines between July 9 and Aug. 15. The U.S. plans to wind up its part of the operation this week, barring any new...

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