Gulf Tensions Rise As Syria Conflict Locked In Stalemate
By Nick Wilson 
US-led military exercises in the Gulf, an Iranian threat to block the Strait of Hormuz and a warning by Israel about Iran’s nuclear program have heightened Gulf tensions. Iran’s claim, then denial, that its military is in civil war-racked Syria, and neighboring Lebanon, added to fears that conflict could consume the whole region.
Navies from more than 30...