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US Navy says it seized Iran assault rifles bound for Yemen


Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy has seized over 2,100 assault rifles from a ship in the Gulf of Oman it believes came from Iran and were bound for Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels. The seizure happened last Friday after a team from the USS Chinook, a Cyclone-class coastal patrol boat, boarded a traditional wooden sailing vessel known as a dhow. They discovered the Kalashnikov-style rifles individually wrapped in green tarps aboard the ship. That’s according to comments by Cmdr. Timothy Hawkins, a spokesman for the Navy’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet, on Tuesday. Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not respond to a request for comment.

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