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Iranian missile components headed to Yemen captured by US Navy warship, officers say

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U.S. officers confirmed to Fox Information on Wednesday {that a} U.S. Navy warship has intercepted a “vital cache” of what’s regarded as missile components from Iran headed to rebels in Yemen.

That is the primary time such high-level missile elements have been seized en path to the four-year civil battle in Yemen, officers stated, the place Iranians help the Houthi rebels. The U.S. has repeatedly accused Iran of smuggling arms to the rebels, who’re battling the Yemeni authorities.

A small Navy boat and a Coast Guard boarding staff seized the weapons final Wednesday within the northern Arabian Sea. The weapons have been linked to Iran.

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USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), the Navy warship that seized the missile parts said to be from Iran en route to Yemen.

USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), the Navy warship that seized the missile components stated to be from Iran en path to Yemen.

The Yemeni civil battle has been seen as a proxy battle between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and as a way to quell Iranian affect within the area. In mild of the violence, 20 million folks have been rendered food-insecure, with half of these struggling excessive ranges of starvation, based on a United Nations report from February.

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The seizure got here simply as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to debate counterbalancing Iran.

In line with officers, the united statesForrest Sherman, a part of the Harry S. Truman strike group working within the area, was conducting routine maritime operations when sailors seen a small wood boat that was not displaying a flag from any nation.

Navy and Coast Guard personnel stopped the boat and boarded it for inspection after they discovered the weapons. They didn’t decide a precise quantity however asserted it was a major cache.

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They stated the small boat was towed to port and the boat’s crew was transferred to the Yemeni Coast Guard. The weapons are being saved on the American warship.

Fox Information’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Related Press contributed to this report. 



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