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US Navy apprehends illicit shipment of Iranian-made warheads in the Arabian Sea
 /  Last Modified: February 21, 2020

United States warship USS Normandy seized a huge hoard of Iranian-made weapons from a vessel in the Arabian Sea while conducting maritime security patrol in the US Fifth Fleet area of operations.

The confiscated weapons were intended for the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to a report by Fox News.

The seized weapons included some 150 “Dehlavieh” anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), which are Iranian-manufactured copies of Russian Kornet ATGMs; three surface to air missiles; thermal imaging weapon scopes; components for unmanned aerial and surface vessels; ammunitions and advanced weapons parts.

Fox News said the weapons were identical to those seized by the USS Forest Sherman in the Arabian Sea in November 2019, which were reportedly of Iranian origin and also destined for Houthis in Yemen.

The weapons seized by USS Normandy are now in US custody for final disposition. Authorities have invited international partner nations and organizations to participate in the assessment of the seized weapons.

Accordingly, the direct supply, sale, or transfer of weapons to the Houthis is a violation of UN Security Council Resolution.

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