SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Iran dispatched a naval destroyer and another vessel Wednesday to waters near Yemen as the United States quickened weapons supply to the Saudi-led coalition striking rebels there, underlining how foreign powers are deepening their involvement in the conflict.
Iran’s English-language state broadcaster Press TV quoted Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari as saying the ships would be part of an anti-piracy campaign “safeguarding naval routes for vessels in the region.”
The maneuver comes amid an intense Saudi-led Gulf Arab air campaign targeting the Yemeni rebels, known as Houthis, who come from a Shiite sect. Critics say Shiite power Iran backs the Houthis, though both the Islamic Republic and the rebels deny any direct military assistance. Continue reading
The Teheran regime said two Iranian Navy vessels docked in Sudan on Oct. 29 as part of cooperation with the Arab League state. The vessels were identified as a corvette named Shahid Naqdi and the Kharq frigate.
The report came five days after a reported air strike on a major weapons factory in Khartoum operated by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Irna said the two Iranian Navy vessels left Iran in September and sailed through the Red Sea. The agency did not elaborate.
“The commanders of the Iranian flotilla met with Sudanese navy
commanders during the berthing ceremony,” Irna said. “The flotilla had left the Bandar Abbas 1st Maritime Zone for the free and international waters in September to conduct the mission.”
Sudan has also accused the United States of complicity in the purported Israeli attack. On Oct. 29, the Sudanese daily Al Intiba said CIA director David Petraeus denied any U.S. role in the air strike on Yarmouk. The newspaper said Petraeus also appealed to Khartoum to protect American citizens.
Full article: Iran sends 2 warships to Sudan 5 days after air strike on its weapons factory in Khartoum (World Tribune)