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Two Navy SEALs Go Missing Off Coast Of Somalia During Mission


Two Navy SEAL commandos have gone missing off the coast of Somalia after one fell into the sea and the other jumped in an attempt to rescue them.

The two Navy SEALs have still not been found, and the search continues.

Fox News has more on the story:

The two U.S. Navy sailors who were reported missing after falling into the sea while conducting a nighttime boarding mission Thursday off the coast of Somalia have been identified as SEALs, according to the U.S. Central Command.

The two special forces operators were climbing aboard a vessel while on a mission in the Gulf of Aden when high waves knocked one into the sea.

The second SEAL jumped in after the first as part of Navy SEAL protocol to help a partner in distress and both vanished, the Associated Press said.

Both SEALs are still missing and a search and rescue mission continues.

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National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, asked about the operation during an appearance Sunday on the CBS News program “Face the Nation,” characterized it as part of the U.S. military’s ongoing work to disrupt Iran’s shipment of weapons to Yemen, where the Houthis, a militant group supported by Tehran, function as the de facto government in parts of the country. He sought to draw a distinction between that activity and the U.S.-led airstrikes targeting Houthi facilities there that same day, saying the two are “not related.”

Still, Thursday’s mishap underscores the persistent challenge facing the Biden administration and its international partners who have vowed to hold the Houthis and Iran accountable for a steep rise in attacks that have greatly disrupted commercial shipping in the Red Sea. Senior U.S. officials have blamed Tehran for having “aided and abetted” the crisis, saying the Houthis would be incapable of threatening the shipping route if not for Tehran’s technological and intelligence support.

The Houthis have said their actions are in protest of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza.



 

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