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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 file photo, fishing boats are seen in front of oil tankers on the Persian Gulf waters, south of the Strait of Hormuz, off the shores of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. Sometime later this year, the U.S. Navy plans to send minesweepers and warships into the Gulf for exercises intended to make Iran think twice about any attempts to block oil tanker traffic through the narrow waterway that links the region's huge oil fields with world markets. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

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