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US Navy offers money for tips to seize Mideast drugs, weapons

US Navy offers money for tips to seize Mideast drugs, weapons

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy's Mideast-based 5th Fleet is starting to provide rewards for details that could assist sailors intercept weapons, drugs accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other illicit shipments across the neighbourhood amid tensions over Iran's nuclear program accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Tehran's arming of Yemen's Houthi rebels.

While avoiding unswerving mentioning Iran, the 5th Fleet's decision to provide money accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other goods for actionable intellectual capacity inside the Persian Gulf accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other planned waterways may grow pressure on the sprint of weapons to the Houthis while a shaky cease-fire still holds inside Yemen.

Already, the Houthis have threatened a new allied position of position of employment ability organized by the 5th Fleet inside the Red Sea, though there's been no indeed indeed assault by the Iranian-backed forces on the Navy inside the hour dated since.

Meanwhile, the 5th Fleet says it accompanied by every one one other accompanied by its partners seized $500 million inside drugs all all alone inside 2021 — additional than the quartet earlier years combined. The 5th Fleet excessively intercepted 9,000 weapons inside the same period, trio times the number seized inside 2020.

"Any destabilizing activity has our attention," Cmdr. Timothy Hawkins, a 5th Fleet spokesman, told The Associated Press. "Definitely we have seen inside the last year skyrocketing favourable consequence inside seizing both unlawful narcotics accompanied by every one one other accompanied by illicit weapons. This represents another step inside our try to grow geographical maritime security."

The 5th Fleet's new enterprise launches on Tuesday into with every one other accompanied by not here of the Department of Defense Rewards Program, which saw troops provide money accompanied by every one one other accompanied by goods for tips on the battlefields inside Afghanistan, Iraq accompanied by every one one other accompanied by somewhere else following al-Qaida launched the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Since ground fighting has mostly halted across the region, the 5th Fleet decided to try to use the program while it patrols the waterways of the Middle East.

Hawkins said operators fluent inside Arabic, English accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Farsi would male a hotline, while the Navy excessively would lay clasp of tips additionally online, inside Dari accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Pashto. Payouts tin exist while high while $100,000 or the equivalent inside vehicles, boats or food for tips that excessively include details on planned attacks targeting Americans, Hawkins said.

It's unclear if the 5th Fleet's uptick inside seizures represents a return to shipping following the coronavirus pandemic or an grow all-inclusive inside the number of illicit shipments inside the region. Traffickers typically use stateless dhows, orthodox made of wood sailing skill usual inside the Mideast, to transport drugs accompanied by every one one other accompanied by weapons.

One destination for weapons appears to exist Yemen. The Houthis seized Yemen's capital, Sanaa, inside September 2014 accompanied by every one one other accompanied by forced the internationally recognized management into exile. A Saudi-led coalition armed accompanied by U.S. weaponry accompanied by every one one other accompanied by intellectual capacity entered the war on the side of Yemen's exiled management inside March 2015. Years of inconclusive fighting has pushed the Arab world's poorest nation to the brink of famine. A truce that began around the holy Muslim month of Ramadan appears for now to still exist holding.

Despite a United Nations Security Council arms embargo on Yemen, Iran lengthy has been transferring rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, missiles accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other weaponry to the Houthis. Though Iran denies arming the Houthis, self-governing experts, Western nations accompanied by every one one other accompanied by U.N. experts have traced components spine to Iran.

Asked concerning whether new seizures could grow tensions accompanied by Iran, Hawkins listed the weapons accompanied by every one one other accompanied by drugs the Navy hoped to intercept under the program.

"That's what we're after," the leader said. "That's not inside the attentiveness of geographical stability accompanied by every one one other accompanied by security."

Iran's position of employment to the United Nations did not respond to a appeal for comment. The U.S. Navy accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Iran convey on accompanied by to have tense encounters inside the Strait of Hormuz, the small mouth of the Persian Gulf into with every one other accompanied by not here of which a fifth of all lubricant traded passes.

The rewards program marks the latest enterprise under 5th Fleet Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, who excessively launched a drone position of position of employment ability last year amid tensions accompanied by Iran.

Cooper's other effort, the Red Sea position of position of employment force, has drawn censure from the Houthis inside the past. The rebel group, which has repeatedly denied actuality armed by Iran, did not respond to a appeal for remark on the new Navy program.

However, Ali al-Qahom, a Houthi official, tweeted last week that the rebels are monitoring increased U.S. activity inside the Red Sea accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Persian Gulf waters.

"Because of this, defence accompanied by every one one other accompanied by confrontation options are open," he said. "They accompanied by every one one other accompanied by their diabolical projects have no indeed indeed place" inside the region.

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Associated Press author Ahmed Al-Haj inside Sanaa, Yemen, contributed to this report.

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US Navy offers money for tips to seize Mideast drugs, weapons

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