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    Iran-Backed Yemen Rebels’ Helicopter-Borne Attack on Ship Raises Risks in Crucial Red Sea

    Iran-Backed Yemen Rebels' Helicopter-Borne Attack on Ship Raises Risks in Crucial Red Sea

    , United Arab Emirates — The helicopter-borne Houthi attack on an -linked ship in the Red Sea highlights the danger now lurking in one of the world's key shipping routes as the Israel-Hamas war rages, as well as the rebels' tactics mirroring those of its chief sponsor, Iran.

    While Tehran has denied aiding the Yemen rebel group in launching their attack Sunday, the targeted ship before the assault passed by an American-sanctioned Iranian cargo vessel suspected as serving as a forward spying in the Red Sea. The rebels, dressed commando-style in bulletproof vests carrying assault rifles, covered each other and moved in formation before quickly seizing control of the bridge of the Galaxy Leader.

    While their body-camera footage serves as a propaganda coup to bolster their own position in Yemen amid some protests against their rule, it also signals a new maritime front has opened in a region long focused on the Persian Gulf and its narrow mouth at the Strait of Hormuz. It also puts new pressure on commercial shippers traveling through those waters, threatens to increase insurance costs that will get passed onto consumers and likely further stretches the U.S. Navy as it tries to serve as the region's security guarantor.

    “This has all the signs these people were trained by a professional military, which could clearly be Iran,” an American defense official told The Associated Press on condition of…

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