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Two Iranian warships – an aging frigate and a helicopter assault ship — have joined a convoy of Iranian cargo vessels in waters off Yemen that are being tracked by a U.S. flotilla including the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt.
The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that two Iranian Navy ships were now escorting nine Iranian cargo vessels suspected of carrying arms for the Houthi rebels, who reportedly were still threatening the port city of Aden.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said the Iranian convoy was in the area where the Gulf of Aden meets the Arabian Sea but he could not confirm reports that the convoy appeared headed north back to Iran.
The Iranian ships “remain in the region,” Warren said, and “they have not announced their intentions.” The U.S. carrier Roosevelt was about 200 miles west of the Iranian convoy, Warren said, but the carrier’s planes and other U.S. ships have monitored the convoy’s movements.
“We don’t know for certain what’s aboard those ships,” Warren said. On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the U.S. was concerned the ships might be carrying advanced weapons and he called on Iran to stop “fanning the flames” in the region.
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WASHINGTON — Iranian warships have joined a flotilla of cargo vessels that the U.S. military is tracking in the Gulf of Aden, according to the Pentagon.
Spokesman Col. Steve Warren on Thursday would not say whether the convoy was headed to Yemen or had turned away, as some news organizations are reporting.
FARS, the official Iranian news agency, reported that an Iranian destroyer and a helicopter-carrying warship had arrived in the Gulf of Aden to protect the country’s cargo ships.
The nine cargo ships are suspected of carrying arms destined for Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, which are fighting forces loyal to the U.S.-supported government.
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