Missile fuel seized from Iran

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Gulf of OmanThe US Navy sank a ship carrying 70 tons of Iranian rocket fuel

The US Navy says it has found 70 tons of rocket fuel on an Iranian ship. The cargo was to be taken to Yemen.

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The destroyer USS The Sullivans intercepted a ship full of rocket fuel in the Gulf of Oman on November 8.

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The amount of ammonium perchlorate found on the ship could have fired more than a dozen medium-range ballistic missiles.

The amount of ammonium perchlorate found on the ship could have fired more than a dozen medium-range ballistic missiles.

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A US Coast Guard ship and the destroyer USS The Sullivans stopped the dhow - a common model of sailing vessel in the region - in the Gulf of Oman on November 8.  (icon image)

A US Coast Guard ship and the destroyer USS The Sullivans stopped the dhow – a common model of sailing vessel in the region – in the Gulf of Oman on November 8. (icon image)

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According to the US Navy on the ship from Iran 70 tons of rocket fuel were found. The cargo was en route to Yemen, Petty Officer Timothy Hawkins, a spokesman for the Navy’s Middle East-based Fifth Fleet, said Tuesday.

The amount of ammonium perchlorate on board could have fired more than a dozen medium-range ballistic missiles — the same weapons Tehran supports. Huthi-Rebellen in Yemen against forces allied to the internationally recognized government of Yemen and against the Saudi-led military coalition fighting to restore that government.

A weekly search for a ship

A US Coast Guard ship and the destroyer USS The Sullivans stopped the dhow – a popular model of sailing boat in the region – in the Gulf of Oman on November 8, the US Navy said. During the week-long search, bags of ammonium perchlorate were found in the one-hundred-ton shipment of urea. Urea can be used as a fertilizer, but also for the production of explosives.

The US Navy sank the ship and material

The dhow was so laden with cargo that it posed a danger to nearby shipping in the Gulf of Oman. In the end, the US Navy sank the ship and the material because of it.

Navy spokesman Hawkins said the nature of the cargo and the sheer volume of the explosive material was of great concern because it was destabilizing. “Illegal arms shipments from Iran to Yemen are fueling instability and violence.”

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