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    Two Navy SEALs Drowned in the Arabian Sea. How the US Charged Foreign Crew With Smuggling Weapons

    Two Navy SEALs Drowned in the Arabian Sea. How the US Charged Foreign Crew With Smuggling Weapons

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Navy SEALs drowned last month while trying to board a vessel that was intercepted by U.S. naval forces in the Arabian Sea. On Thursday, federal prosecutors unsealed a criminal complaint against four foreign nationals they say were transporting suspected Iranian-made missile components on the vessel.

    The four sailors were later taken to Virginia where they were criminally charged. Material witness warrants were filed against another 10 crew members.

    In an affidavit supporting the criminal complaint, an agent wrote that the sailors admitted they had departed from after at least one of the them initially claimed they left from . All four sailors had Pakistani identifications cards.

    Prosecutors said they were smuggling missile components for the type of weapons used by Houthi rebel forces in recent weeks.

    Here's a look at the case and what comes next:

    WHAT HAPPENED ON THE ARABIAN SEA?

    On the night of Jan. 11, U.S. Central Command Navy forces, including Navy SEALs, along with members of the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team, boarded an unflagged vessel described as a dhow in international waters of the Arabian Sea, off the coast of .

    U.S. officials have said that while boarding the boat, Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Christopher J. Chambers slipped into the gap created by high waves between the vessel and the SEALs' combatant craft. As Chambers fell,…

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