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Iranian involvement in missile attacks on the USS Mason

Iran almost certainly played a role in the missile attacks against the USS Mason near the Bab al Mandab Strait on October 9 and October 12. Iran likely supplied the missiles and, at the very least, affiliated operatives provided technical expertise and modifications in support of those who launched the attack.

Escalation in the Red Sea: Yemen’s Civil War, Iran, and Saudi Arabia

The deliberate targeting of U.S. Navy vessels from al Houthi-Saleh–controlled territory is a significant inflection in the Red Sea. It does not make sense when seen in the context of only one the conflicts—the Yemeni civil war, the Iranian-Saudi conflict, and Iran’s more aggressive posturing in the region.

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Iran News Round Up

  • Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi denied any form of Iranian involvement in the recent attacks on U.S. Navy vessels off the Yemeni coast.

Gulf of Aden Security Review

  • Yemen: U.S. Secretary of State and Saudi Foreign Minister reiterate commitment to Yemen ceasefire; Chairman of al Houthi-Saleh Supreme Political Council calls for end of Saudi-led coalition blockade; U.S. Department of State designates Hezbollah commander for operations in Syria and Yemen. Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants assassinate election delegate in Mogadishu; AMISOM forces inadvertently kill a civilian in Mogadishu; Puntland State elects three women, rejects former warlord in Upper House elections; Ethiopian government detains 1,645 protesters during state of emergency.