U.S. Navy Seizes Cache of AK-47s in Gulf of Aden

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The U.S. Navy has intercepted a small boat packed with hundreds of automatic rifles in the Gulf of Aden, and has handed the sailors over to Yemeni authorities, a defense official told AFP on Thursday.

Investigators have not yet determined where the boat came from or where it was headed, but it was boarded in an area where the U.S. Navy has previously confiscated Iranian-supplied arms destined for war-ravaged Yemen.

"We're not ready to pin this on anyone yet, we are doing an investigation of the evidence," the U.S. official said.

The incident occurred Tuesday when sailors from the USS Jason Dunham boarded a small skiff that was having engine trouble and taking on water.

On board, they found about 600 bags filled with small arms -- mostly AK-47s -- totalling more than 1,000 rifles, the official said. 

The skiff sailors were then transferred to the Yemeni coastguard. Their nationality was not released.

The official said it was the first time since 2016 that the Navy had made a small arms seizure like this.

Yemen's devastating conflict has left nearly 10,000 people dead since March 2015, when a Saudi-led coalition intervened to fight Iran-backed Huthi rebels closing in on the last bastion of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's government.

Comments 6
Thumb eagledawn 30 August 2018, 19:54

The Iranian shia terrorists in Yemen import Ak-47s but can manufacture home grown ballistic missiles:)

Thumb enterprise 31 August 2018, 06:03

and UAVs:)!

Thumb Mystic 31 August 2018, 15:15

U.S supporting their little Saudi Arab dogs.

Thumb whyaskwhy 31 August 2018, 16:33

Ali you remind us of that great statesman that said "an Iranian moderate is one that ran out of ammunition". I know you wont understand that but you may one day ask a person you know who does not wear flip flops to explain it to you....in a few years time.

Thumb whyaskwhy 31 August 2018, 16:30

Lol too true Eagledawn, These AK' 47s are a misunderstanding they were simply a gift by the Ayatollah of Rockinrolla for the kids in Yemen to celebrate the Eid with and not for war.....Iran would never send weapons for war we all know that tsk tsk tsk lol

Thumb chrisrushlau 01 September 2018, 18:42

Racism is a symptom of a neurological problem.