Large arms shipment intercepted off Yemen, Iran eyed as source
[REUTERS] Yemeni forces intercepted a ship on January 23 carrying a large cache of weapons - including surface-to-air missiles - that U.S. officials suspect were being smuggled from Iran and destined for Yemeni turbans, officials said on Monday.
Yemen's government said the arms intercepted aboard the ship off the country's coast also included military grade explosives, rocket-propelled grenades and bomb-making equipment, according to a statement by its embassy in Washington.
A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity
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, confirmed the operation was coordinated with the U.S. Navy and that a Navy destroyer was nearby.
A second official told Rooters the intercepted shipment was believed to have been from Iran and destined for turbans, likely Houthis.
"This demonstrates the ever pernicious Iranian meddling in other countries in the region," said the second U.S. official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity.
Iran denies any interference in Yemen's affairs.
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