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Analysis by US shows Iranian missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels at Norwegian ship – WGN Radio 720

The U.S. military links Iranian-made missile attack on Norwegian-flagged tanker in Red Sea to Houthi rebels

The U.S. military has identified a link between Yemen’s Houthi rebels and Iran after a Norwegian-flagged tanker in the Red Sea was attacked with an Iranian-made anti-ship cruise missile in December. The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency released a report linking the attack on the Strinda to Tehran, the main backer of the Houthi rebels in Yemen’s ongoing war. This finding was further corroborated by a Norway-based insurers group that examined debris found on the Strinda.

The attack on the Strinda, which was carrying cargo from Malaysia to Italy, sparked a major fire on board but fortunately did not result in any injuries. The U.S. military analyzed debris found on the vessel and compared it to the Iranian Noor anti-ship ballistic cruise missile, noting similarities in the engine components. The Noor missile is believed to have been reverse-engineered by Iran from the Chinese C-802 anti-ship missile.

The report also highlighted a seizure of parts related to the Noor missile from an Iranian dhow near the coast of Somalia in January, during which two Navy SEALs were killed. The Houthi rebels have been launching seaborne attacks since 2016 and have rapidly escalated their attacks since November in connection to the Israel-Hamas war.

The report by the U.S. military suggests that the Houthi rebels likely used Iran-supplied weapons in over 100 attacks on various targets in the region, including ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. The ongoing conflict poses a threat to maritime security in the region, disrupting the flow of goods passing through the Red Sea corridor annually. The situation highlights the complex web of alliances and conflicts in the Middle East, with Iran playing a significant role in supporting Houthi rebel activities.

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