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US sends carrier to Yemen waters with eye on Iran convoy

The Pentagon says the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier is providing intelligence and logistical supportA US aircraft carrier was headed to the Arabian Sea Tuesday as Washington said it was monitoring Iranian vessels suspected of carrying weapons to Huthi rebels in Yemen in violation of a UN embargo. The US Navy said it was sending the USS Theodore Roosevelt and guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy “to ensure the vital shipping lanes in the region remain open and safe”. The deployment brings to nine the number of US warships in the area. Strategically located on key shipping routes and bordering oil-rich Saudi Arabia, Yemen was plunged into chaos last year when the Iran-backed Shiite rebels seized the capital Sanaa.

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