US is sending a message to Iran in Yemen

The United States confirmed Monday it was monitoring Iranian vessels suspected of carrying weapons to Huthi rebels in Yemen as it bolstered its own naval presence in the Arabian Sea with an aircraft carrier.


The US Navy said it had sent the USS Theodore Roosevelt escorted by guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy “to ensure the vital shipping lanes in the region remain open and safe”, bringing the number of American ships in the area to nine.


The Iranian convoy is comprised of nine ships, including two patrol boats, a senior defence official told AFP, saying its exact destination was unknown.


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