Iran Just Issued Stern Warning To US.

Iran issued a stern warning to the United States concerning two cargo ships, the Behshad and Saviz, long suspected by the U.S. of being forward operating bases for Iranian commandos. This warning comes amidst heightened tensions in the Middle East following recent U.S. and UK airstrikes against Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

Iran’s statement regarding the Behshad and Saviz ships reflects Tehran’s concerns following U.S. military actions in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, aimed at Iranian-backed militias. These actions were prompted by an incident in Jordan, stemming from the Israel-Hamas conflict, resulting in the deaths of three American soldiers and injuries to many others, raising the risk of broader regional conflict.

The recent U.S. offensive in Yemen targeted Houthi-held provinces, including their capital, Sanaa, aiming at underground missile sites, launch pads, and rebel helicopters. In response, Houthi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree reaffirmed support for Palestinians and warned of continued attacks on international shipping if hostilities persist.

The Behshad and Saviz, registered to a Tehran-based company under U.S. sanctions, have long been suspected of serving as spy positions for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Saudi Arabia previously identified the Saviz as a maritime base for weapon transfers. Despite Iranian claims of anti-piracy missions, doubts persist regarding their true intentions.

Before recent airstrikes, the Behshad moved towards the Gulf of Aden and is now docked near a Chinese military base in Djibouti. The Saviz, in the Indian Ocean, has faced previous attacks, including a 2021 mine explosion, possibly linked to the ongoing conflict between Iran and Israel.

Iran’s warning against terrorist activities targeting these vessels underscores concerns for international maritime security. However, the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet in the Middle East has yet to respond to these threats.