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Four foreign nationals have been charged after the US Navy intercepted a ship in the Arabian Sea carrying suspected Iranian-made weapons, the US Department of Justice said.

Two Navy SEALs died during the intervention.

FBI Deputy Director in Washington David Sundberg said the men’s arrest and subsequent charges were intended to “send a message” to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

“Today’s complaint sends a message that the United States government will not tolerate acting as a proxy for the IRGC in an effort to cause harm to American persons abroad,” Sunburg said.

“The transportation of explosive materials intended to be used to threaten and cause harm is yet another example of the IRGC’s disruptive and hostile actions,” he added. “The FBI and our U.S. government partners will continue to thwart the efforts of hostile foreign governments that seek to intimidate and cause harm through violence.”



Four foreign nationals were charged Thursday with transporting suspected Iranian-made weapons on a ship intercepted by US naval forces in the Arabian Sea last month. (Justice Department)

Images of two Navy SEALs

Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Christopher J. Chambers, left, and Navy Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Nathan Gage Ingram, went missing this month during a night boarding mission off the coast of Somalia. (US Navy)

According to court records, U.S. Central Command Navy forces operating out of the USS Lewis B. Puller, which included Navy SEALs and members of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Team East, boarded a small vessel on January 11.

The Justice Department said that when Navy Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Nathan Gage Ingram began climbing the ladder to the ship, he slipped and fell into a space that the waves had created between the ship and the ships. SEAL combat.

As it sank, Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Christopher J. Chambers jumped into the hole to try to save it.

The agency said the Navy conducted an extensive search to locate and rescue each SEAL, but on Jan. 22, both service members were pronounced dead.

The US military found 14 people aboard the ship, which was in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Somalia.

During a search of the ship, the US boarding team reportedly located and confiscated advanced Iranian-made conventional weaponry.

The Justice Department said preliminary analysis of the weaponry indicated it included “critical components” for medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBM) and anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCM).


The agency said they also found warheads, propulsion and guidance components in the seized materials.


Some of the weapons and components found on the smugglers’ boat. The Justice Department said the materials were consistent with what Iran-backed Houthi rebels use in U.S. military and commercial attacks. (Justice Department)

The agency said materials found on board are “reportedly consistent” with weaponry used by Iran-backed Houthi rebel forces in recent attacks on U.S. military and merchant ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

According to court records, the Navy took the 14 foreign sailors aboard the USS. Lewis B. Puller after determining that his vessel was unsafe and unseaworthy.

On February 11, the United States obtained arrest warrants for four of the foreign nationals, identified as Muhammad Pahlawan, Mohammad Mazhar, Ghufran Ullah and Izhar Muhammad.

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A warhead found aboard the ship that was allegedly smuggling Iranian-made weapons. (Justice Department)

The four men, on whom Pakistani identification cards were found, were transferred from the USS Lewis B. Fuller to the Eastern District of Virginia.

The Justice Department said Pahlawan is accused of: intentionally and unlawfully carrying on board a warhead, knowing that the warhead would be used by Houthi rebel forces against commercial and naval vessels in the Red Sea and surrounding waters; and providing materially false information to U.S. Coast Guard officers during the boarding of the dhow about the vessel’s crew and cargo.


Mazhar, Ullah and Muhammad were also charged with providing materially false information to U.S. Coast Guard officers during the boarding of the ship about the ship’s crew and/or cargo.

By Sam