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    4 Charged in Transporting Suspected Iranian-Made Weapons. Two SEALs Died in Intercepting the Ship

    4 Charged in Transporting Suspected Iranian-Made Weapons. Two SEALs Died in Intercepting the Ship

    RICHMOND, Va. — Four foreign nationals were charged Thursday with transporting suspected Iranian-made weapons on a vessel intercepted by U.S. naval forces in the Arabian Sea last month. Two Navy SEALs died during the mission.

    The criminal complaint unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Richmond alleges that the four defendants — who were all carrying Pakistani identification cards — were transporting suspected Iranian-made missile components for the type of weapons used by Houthi rebel forces in recent attacks.

    “The flow of missiles and other advanced weaponry from to Houthi rebel forces in threatens the people and interests of America and our partners in the region,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said in a news release.

    U.S. officials said that Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Christopher J. Chambers was boarding the boat on Jan. 11 and slipped into the gap created by high waves between the vessel and the SEALs' combatant craft. As Chambers fell, Navy Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Nathan Gage Ingram jumped in to try to save him, according to U.S. officials familiar with what happened.

    “Two Navy SEALs tragically lost their lives in the operation that thwarted the defendants charged today from allegedly smuggling Iranian-made weapons that the Houthis could have used to target American forces and threaten freedom of navigation and a vital artery for commerce,” Monaco said.

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