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US Declares Two Lacking Navy SEALs As Useless in Somalia

The U.S. navy stated on Sunday that it had declared two Navy SEALs useless after they went lacking 10 days in the past throughout an operation at sea to intercept weapons from Iran headed to Houthi fighters.

They’re among the many first recognized U.S. fatalities in Washington’s marketing campaign in opposition to the Houthis, who’ve launched dozens of assaults on ships within the Purple Sea since November, roiling the worldwide transport business.

In current weeks, the US and its allies have launched a barrage of strikes on the Houthis inside Yemen, in a bid to discourage future assaults on vessels within the Purple Sea. The episode involving the SEALs occurred within the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Somalia on Jan. 11. Throughout that nighttime commando mission, in line with the U.S. navy, American troops boarded a small boat, known as a dhow, and seized weapons together with Iranian made ballistic-missile and cruise-missile elements certain for Yemen.

Because the commandos tried to board the dhow in tough seas, one member appeared to slide off the boarding ladder or was swept away by a excessive wave, one present and one former Pentagon official, who have been briefed on the incident, stated earlier this month. One other jumped into the water to attempt to save the primary officer, however each disappeared under the waves.

The navy carried out what it known as was an “expansive” operation to search out the 2 commandos, looking out greater than 21,000 sq. miles.

“The search and rescue operation for the 2 Navy SEALs reported lacking throughout the boarding of a bootleg dhow carrying Iranian superior standard weapons Jan. 11 concluded and we at the moment are conducting restoration operations,” the U.S. Central Command stated in a assertion on Sunday. It didn’t launch the names of the deceased.

The mission led to the primary seizure by U.S. forces of Iran-supplied weapons for the reason that Houthis began attacking ships within the Purple Sea, the U.S. navy stated in a assertion final week. Preliminary evaluation indicated that the identical weapons — together with warheads for medium-range ballistic missiles and anti-ship cruise missiles — had been utilized by the Houthis to launch strikes on vessels within the Purple Sea, in line with the assertion.

The Iran-backed Houthis have stated they’re protesting the killing of Gazans by Israel and that their actions are in solidarity with Palestinians.

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