Washington DC accused Iran of trying to ship missiles and other weapons to Yemeni Houthi militia after the US Navy seized two shipments, they announced in a press conference in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday.

“Although a detailed analysis of the shipment is ongoing, the seizure is consistent with the historical pattern of Iranian smuggling of advanced weapons to the Houthis in Yemen, including specific similarities to recent seizures of weapons that a UN panel has reported to be of Iranian manufacture,” said US Central Command spokesperson Navy Captain William Urban.

The intercepted material included ‘150 ‘Dehlavieh’ Iranian-made copies of the Russian Kornet anti-tank guided missile and three Iranian designed and manufactured 358 surface-to-air missiles.’

Both parties have denied direct ties. The United Nations Security Council banned the Houthis from receiving weapons as part of security measures put in place shortly after the Yemeni conflict escalation in 2015.

The two shipments were intercepted on November 25, 2019 and February 9, 2020.

 

Credit: Department of Defense, Ruptly

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Karen Bartlett
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Karen Bartlett
2020-02-20 16:22

I don’t see why Yemen should be denied the right to receive weapons to defend their country.

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FairsFair
2020-02-21 02:32
Reply to  Karen Bartlett

They don’t fit in with the narrative of an Israeli/Sunni Arab control of Middle East energy resources, USD hegemony, and keeping China/Russia out. For that the US has to keep independently minded countries like Iran/Syria/Yemen down or to be broken up like Afghanistan/Iraq/Libya.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-02-21 03:06
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Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-02-21 03:06
Reply to  Karen Bartlett

Iran doesn’t sends weapons to the legitimate gov’t of Yemen. Houthis started a civil war rather than running for elections, thanks to Iran!
Houthis are the equivalent of al-Nusra in Yemen, except they’re backed by Iran rather than by Qatar/Turkey, while Yemeni govt called KSA and UAE for help just like Syria called Russia and Iran.
Is it more clear now?

ty ty
ty ty
2020-02-21 06:34
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

Something is seriously compromised about your comment system; my votes went away and my comment disappeared

Tyler Vincent
Tyler Vincent
2020-02-21 06:35
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

Ah so that explains why Saudis are bombing schoolbusses, hospitals and weddings on a weekly basis…

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-02-22 00:15
Reply to  Tyler Vincent

Houthis are massively using child soldiers (the third of Houthis are children!) and school buses to transport them.
Don’t believe their propaganda : they’re not doing better than the white helmets at this level… I remember a case they sad KSA bombed a village with civilians… Strangely, there were ONLY adult male corpse and you could see the remains of tactical harnesses on the burnt corpses, one was still holding a (burnt) Motorola tactical radio in his hand 😉

ty ty
ty ty
2020-02-21 06:26
Reply to  Karen Bartlett

But we are starving hundreds of thousands of their women and children to death in the worlds largest humanitarian crisis, so why would we let them defend themselves against Saudi terrorism? We’re American, remember? We work for the Jews who have no mercy.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-02-22 00:17
Reply to  ty ty

They are starving because Houthis are confiscating UN humanitarian packages and are using these for themselves or to coerce civilians into letting their children to be enrolled in Houthi forces : either the kids fight for the Houthis or the full family starves! There are no food shortages in Gov’t held areas. UN highly criticised Houthi seizure of humanitarian packages! Hey, Yemen is a democracy. Why Houthis didn’t ran for parliament, etc, and started a civil war instead? Only 15% of Yemenis are Shia siding with Iran and nobody wants an “Islamic repulseblic”. They also have to fight against Qaeda… Read more »