Here’s the gist of it:
An Iranian-flagged vessel transporting anti-tank weapons to Shi’ite rebels was seized by Yemen’s navy off the country’s northwest coast. Five Iranian nationals, identified by Yemeni officials as weapons experts, were transfered to the capital city of Sanaa for investigation.
The Yemeni government has been alleging for some time now that Tehran has been training, equipping and funding Shi’ite Houthi rebels in its northwestern territory of Hajja.
Three links to choose from — and many more to come, I expect.
Reuters: Yemen seizes weapons vessel with Iranian crew
News Yemen: Weapons ship seized off north-west Yemeni coast
Al-Arabiya: Yemen seizes weapons vessel with Iranian crew
Also: Iran also lost almost a dozen Revolutionary Guards when they strayed over the border into Pakistan and were captured by Pakistani border security. They were eventually released a number of hours later.
Reuters: Pakistan says detains 11 Iranian Guards on the border
AP: Police: Pakistan releases 11 Iranians amid tension
An ironic date: In radio code, 10-26 means “Detaining Suspect(s)”
More bad news for Iran:
Reuters: North Korea, Iran on religion watchlist
Another Tough Week:
And all of this comes on the heels of last week’s suicide attack that claimed the lives of six top Iranian Revolutionary Guards commanders.
Reuters: Suicide Blast in Iran Kills Top Revolutionary Guard Leaders
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