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U.S. to launch coalition in Gulf to deter Iran threats, general says

American military commander and Chariman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford as he appears before the Senate Armed Services Committee during a budget hearing, Washington DC.
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Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday the United States is moving ahead with plans to build an international military coalition to protect waters around Iran and Yemen, AP reports.

Driving the news: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the plan to deter threats from Iran last month, after the U.S. came to the brink of launching military action against Tehran over the downing an American drone. The U.S. blames Iran for attacks on 2 tankers in the Gulf in June, an issue Dunford plans to address with U.S. allies.

Trump: Tanks will feature in Fourth of July event in D.C.

 President Donald Trump arrives to speak after touring the Lima Army Tank Plant at Joint Systems Manufacturing in Lima, Ohio, March 20.
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President Trump told reporters on Monday that U.S. Army tanks will be present on the National Mall during the July 4 celebrations in Washington, D.C., this week.

The big picture: They're part of Trump's plans for the "Salute to America" event to honor the U.S. military, per AP. There will also be flyovers by Air Force One and the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels jet squadron. Trump will deliver a speech at the Lincoln Memorial, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The national July 4 celebration is often seen as a nonpartisan event, but Trump has inserted himself into the event, Axios' Rashaan Ayesh notes.

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