Update: The Iranian Convoy Suspected of Carrying Weapons to Yemen Turned Back by the American led blockade
An Iranian convoy of freighters, escorted by warships from the Iranian military and Revolutionary Guard forces, appears heading for Yemen.
American warships seem prepared to intercept this convoy of Iranian ships suspected of carrying weapons to Houthi rebel forces in Yemen.
The USS Theodore Roosevelt carrier group would be in position to intercept the convoy, an intercept could also be carried out by Saudi Arabia, Egypt or the United Arab Emirates, which are patrolling also patrolling the waters off Yemen.
There is no indication that U.S. or other coalition warships have been in contact with the Iranians, but one official said, “They know we’re there.”
“Since this is now public, the Iranians may feel they’ve been backed into a corner” and attempt to run through any blockade set up by the coalition warships, one official said.
“We have seen evidence that the Iranians are supplying weapons and other armed support to the Houthis in Yemen,” W.H. spokesman Earnest said Monday. “That support will only contribute to greater violence in that country. These are exactly the kind of destabilizing activities that we have in mind when we raise concerns about Iran’s destabilizing activities in the Middle East.”
He added, “Iranians are acutely aware of our concerns for their continued support of the Houthis by sending them large shipments of weapons.”