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4 charged in the deaths of 2 Navy SEALs boarding ship

The criminal complaint alleges that the four defendants were transporting suspected Iranian-made missile components.

Missile components seized during a U.S. military raid on a vessel in the Arabian Sea
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Four foreign nationals were charged Thursday with transporting suspected Iranian-made weapons after U.S. naval forces interdicted a vessel in the Arabian Sea last month. Two Navy SEALS died during the mission.

U.S. officials said that Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Christopher J. Chambers was boarding the boat on Jan. 11 and slipped into the gap created by high waves between the vessel and the SEALs’ combatant craft. As Chambers fell, Navy Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Nathan Gage Ingram jumped in to try to save him, according to U.S. officials familiar with what happened.

The 2 US Navy SEALs missing off Somalia confirmed dead
The 2 US Navy SEALs missing off Somalia confirmed dead

The 2 US Navy SEALs missing off Somalia confirmed dead

The names of the sailors have not been released, and the military is now conducting recovery operations.

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The criminal complaint alleges that the four defendants were transporting suspected Iranian-made missile components for the type of weapons used by Houthi rebel forces in recent attacks.

U.S. Central Command said when the vessel was stopped that it was carrying Iranian-made ballistic missile and cruise missile components. 

"The direct or indirect supply, sale, or transfer of weapons to the Houthis in Yemen violates U.N. Security Resolution 2216 and international law," the military said in a statement.