Navy SEALs presumed deceased following an anti-Houthi mission

Two US Navy SEALs are presumed dead after a mission to seize Iranian-made weapons bound for the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Navy SEALs vanished seizing ship weapons.
Navy SEALs vanished seizing ship weapons.

The incident occurred on January 11 during a ship-boarding operation off the coast of Somalia. Media reports suggest that one SEAL was swept away during the operation, and the second SEAL jumped in after them, following protocol. Recovery efforts for the bodies are underway.

Air and naval units from the US, Japan, and Spain conducted a 10-day search covering over 21,000 square miles.

The Navy SEALs were attempting to board an unflagged dhow, where weapons for the Houthis were discovered.

The mission was part of an effort to prevent the supply of weapons to the Houthis, which violates a 2015 United Nations Security Resolution and international law.

Navy SEALs missing and presumed dead following anti-Houthi nighttime mission.
Navy SEALs missing and presumed dead following anti-Houthi nighttime mission.

The seized items included warheads for Houthi ballistic missiles and anti-ship cruise missiles. The Houthis, backed by Iran, have targeted vessels in the Red Sea, leading to rerouted cargo ships.

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The US and UK, while not seeking conflict, are aiming to protect the international trade route.



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