Defying US, Iranian warships escort cargo vessel toward Yemen

Tehran ship packed with humanitarian supplies heading to rebel-controlled town, despite Washington’s directive that it dock in Djibouti, where aid is being coordinated

Two Iranian warships have joined a cargo ship that Tehran says is carrying supplies to Yemen.

US Army Col. Steve Warren said the ships linked up overnight Monday, setting up a possible conflict as the US insists the supplies go to Djibouti, where the United Nations is coordinating humanitarian aid for Yemen. Continue reading

Report: German ship carrying Iranian weapons to Syria stopped at sea

A German ship carrying Iranian weapons was stopped the Mediterranean on Saturday, according to a report by Der Spiegel.

The ship, weighing 6,200 tons, was carrying weapons and ammunition to Tartus, Syria with the aim of arming President Bashar Assad’s forces, the report said.

It docked a few days ago in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, where it was loaded with weapons supplied by an Iranian cargo ship.

The ship was identified by Syrian defectors, who contacted the German shipping company. The company then ordered the ship to change course, and although it started heading toward Turkey is was eventually halted 80 kilometers southwest of Tartus.

Full article: Report: German ship carrying Iranian weapons to Syria stopped at sea (Haaretz)