Iran has sent two naval destroyer ships to the Gulf of Aden to protect commercial ships near the Bab el-Mandab strait between Djibouti and Yemen. The strait is a narrow body of water that is a vital entry point into the Red Sea and a key strategic point in the region.
Rear Admiral Habibollah, chief of the Iranian Navy, stated his ships are now stopped in the Gulf of Aden to, “ensure the safety of commercial ships of our country against the threat of pirates.” According to a military offcial, the destroyers will stay in the Gulf until late June.
Last week, U.S. military officials stated an American cruiser and an aircraft carrier departed from Yemen to sail back to the Gulf of Aden after the incident with the advancing Iranian convoy was ended. Intelligence from that Pentagon suspected that the convoy was carrying weapons that were to be given to the Shiite Houthi militants in Yemen.
By Alex Lemieux
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