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January 30, 2013 8:30 am

Yemeni Authorities Intercept Ship Carrying Iranian Weapons

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Authorities from Yemen reportedly caught a ship carrying surface-to-air missiles and other weapons that are suspected to have been taken from Iran. The ship, which was stopped Jan. 23, also carried on board military-grade explosives, rocket-propelled grenades and other bomb-making equipment.

The U.S. navy helped Yemen intercept the ship, an anonymous U.S. official told Reuters. Although the report was denied by Iran, another U.S. official said, “this demonstrates the ever pernicious Iranian meddling in other countries in the region.”

In the Middle East, Gulf nations and Sunni religious officials oppose Iran for the Islamic Republic’s backing of Shi’ite Muslims, as well as for interfering in other regional countries such as Yemen.

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