Strike from the sea

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The Arabian Gulf has beeen at the centre of the world stage for over fifty years, due to the region's all-important oilfields, upon which the global econonmy depends.

In this fascinating book, Iain Ballantyne examines the role of the British and American navies, charting their actions from shortly after the Second World War to the present.

He describes the US Navy and Royal Navy response to various disputes down the decades, from the Abadan Crisis of 1951, the Suez fiasco of 1956, the Tanker War of the 1980's, confronting Libya, DESERT STORM in 1991, the post-September 11th War on Terrorism and, finally, the Iraq War of 2003 that desposed Saddam Hussein.