Sailors assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 1 drive their 34-foot Dauntless class patrol boat to rendezvous with the USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) off Djibouti on Nov. 17, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Kenji Shiroma)

U.S. Navy, Coast Guard Seize Suspected Iran Missile Parts en Route to Yemen

A Navy warship has seized a “significant cache” of suspected Iranian guided missile parts headed to rebels in Yemen, U.S. officials said Wednesday, marking the first time that such sophisticated components have been taken en route to the war there.

The seizure from a small boat by the U.S. Navy and a U.S. Coast Guard boarding team happened last Wednesday in the northern Arabian Sea, and the weapons have been linked to Iran.

Officials said the incident illustrates the continuing illegal smuggling of weapons to Houthi rebels and comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were meeting, with Iran as the main topic.

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