April 5, 2016 – The US Navy says it has seized a weapons shipment in the Arabian Sea from Iran likely heading to war-torn Yemen.
The USS Sirocco intercepted and seized the shipment of weapons hidden aboard a small dhow last week.A statement confirmed that the dhow’s crew were released after sailors confiscated the arms.
The Navy said the shipment included 1,500 Kalashnikov assault rifles, 200 rocket-propelled grenade launchers and 21 .50-caliber machine guns.
A Saudi-led, US-backed coalition has been fighting in Yemen against Shiite rebels and their allies there since last year.
Officials have linked similar weapons seizures to Iran and the Shiite rebels, though the rebels deny receiving support from the Islamic Republic.