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    Western Forces Are Raiding Gunrunners at Sea and Throwing Wrenches into Iran’s Plans

    Western Forces Are Raiding Gunrunners at Sea and Throwing Wrenches into Iran's Plans

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    Western militaries have been regularly raiding boats attempting to smuggle weapons from to , seizing massive amounts of explosives, guns, and ammunition.

    These raids, Middle East and Iran experts say, are a coordinated effort designed to put pressure on Iran and derail its malign plans in the region.

    Over the last few months, U.S. Central Command has revealed a series of raids carried out by U.S. or partner forces on boats, often derelict fishing ships, traveling along routes that have historically been used to traffic weapons illegally from Iran to Houthi rebels engaged in a civil war against Yemen's internationally recognized government.

    The Iran-backed Houthis have fought for years against Yemen, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, in a brutal conflict that experts have often characterized as a proxy war between regional foes Iran and Saudi Arabia — both vying for influence. A fragile truce has kept tensions simmering for months, but the devastating war has left hundreds of thousands of people dead and millions in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

    said this month that it supported “partner naval forces” during a January raid in the Gulf of . The interception, which was carried out by French special forces, took place along traditional smuggling routes between Iran and Yemen and saw the capture of over 3,000 assault rifles, 578,000 rounds of…

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