Iran says it is deploying two warships off Yemen following a U.S. missile strike

FILE PHOTO - The Iranian navy frigate IS Alvand passes through the Suez canal at Ismailia, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb.22, 2011. The frigate, accompanied by the replenishment ship IS Kharg, entered the Suez Canal on Tuesday enroute to Syria, officials said, the first time in three decades that Tehran has sent military ships through the strategic waterway.(AP Photo)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran says it will deploy two warships into the Bab el-Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Aden, making the announcement just hours after a U.S. missile strike on Yemen.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency announced Thursday the movement of the Alvand and the Bushehr.

It described the maneuver as part of a regular anti-piracy patrol off Yemen and East Africa.

But the announcement came just after the U.S. carried out strikes for the first time against Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels, who are supported by Iran. The American strikes hit three radar facilities belonging to the Houthis after missile fire from rebel-held areas hit near the USS Mason, a U.S. warship deployed off Yemen.



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