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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have both agreed to join a U.S.-led maritime contingent to protect shipping in and near the Strait of Hormuz. Mandel Ngan/AP hide caption

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The British naval vessel HMS Montrose, pictured in 2014, was forced to intercede on behalf of a British tanker blocked by Iranian ships in the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday, according to the U.K. Ministry of Defense. U.K. Ministry of Defence via AP hide caption

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U.K. Ministry of Defence via AP

A picture obtained from Iranian News Agency ISNA on Thursday shows fire and smoke billowing from Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker said to have been attacked in the waters of the Gulf of Oman. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on Thursday that "these unprovoked attacks present a clear threat to international peace and security." Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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