Large arms shipment caught off Yemen, Iran eyed as source

By REUTERS
January 29, 2013 03:52

 
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WASHINGTON - Yemeni forces intercepted a ship on January 23 carrying a large cache of weapons - including surface-to-air missiles - that US officials suspect were being smuggled from Iran and destined for Yemeni insurgents, 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 US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the operation was coordinated with the US Navy and that a Navy destroyer was nearby.

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