U.S. Navy Seizes Suspected Iranian Weapons Cache In Arabian Sea

Image of weapons seized by the USS Normandy on the Arabian Sea Sunday

Image of weapons seized by the USS Normandy on the Arabian Sea Sunday

According to the US Navy, sailors from the USS Normandy, a missile cruiser, boarded a dhow bound for Yemen in the Arabian Sea and discovered "150 "Dehlavieh" anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), which are Iranian-manufactured copies of Russian Kornet ATGMs".

USA sailors also confiscated three surface-to-air missiles, drone components and thermal scopes.

A U.S. Navy warship seized weapons believed to be of Iranian "design and manufacture," including 150 anti-tank guided missiles and three Iranian surface-to-air missiles, the American military said on Thursday.

"The weapons seized include 150 "Dehlavieh" anti-tank guided missiles", which are "Iranian-manufactured copies" of similar Russian-made weapons, USA officials said. The head of the Revolutionary Guard stated, "If you make the slightest error, we will hit both of you".

"Everything points to these weapons being made in Iran", CENTCOM spokesman Commander Zachary Harrell told VOA.

CENTCOM also said numerous seized weapon systems were identical to advanced systems seized by the USS Forrest Sherman during an operation in the Arabian Sea in November.

In recent years, U.S. warships have intercepted and seized several shipments of Iranian arms that Washington says were likely bound for Iran-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen.

Several images of the weapons obtained from the dhow were released by the United States military as well.

Officials said there was no evidence to link any of the crew members to any militant groups.

"International partner nations and organizations have also been invited to inspect the cache", the statement said. The Iran-backed Houthis have been fighting Saudi Arabia's forces in Yemen for five years.

Trump is expected to veto the measure.

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