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Great Satan US aircraft carrier leaves waters around Yemen

25 April 2015 11:15


The US military says the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has left the waters around Yemen and headed back to the Persian Gulf.

Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren made the announcement on Friday, adding that Iran’s nine-ship convoy also left the waters.

“I think it’s fair to say that this appears to be a de-escalation of some of the tensions that were being discussed earlier in the week,” Warren said.

The Pentagon spokesman added that there were no communications or encounters between the ships of the two countries.

The US had sent the carrier and the cruiser USS Normandy toward the Gulf of Aden during last weekend, amid Saudi Arabia’s aggression against the Arab world’s poorest country.

US Central Command moved the ships due to the situation in Yemen, Warren said on Monday, denying reports that the move aimed at the interception of Iranian ships present in the region.

Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren
“They are not going to intercept Iranian ships,” the Pentagon spokesman said. “That is absolutely not the case.”

In line with international efforts against piracy, the Iranian Navy has been conducting patrols in Persian Gulf since November 2008 in order to safeguard merchant containers and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran or other countries.

Saudi Arabia launched its air campaign against the Ansarullah fighters of the Houthi movement on March 26, without a United Nations mandate, in a bid to restore power to the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

The Houthis say Hadi’s government could not properly run the affairs of the country and contain the growing wave of corruption and terror.

On Tuesday, Riyadh announced the end of the first phase of its unlawful military operation against Yemen and would back a political solution to the conflict, but it resumed the bombing campaign on Wednesday.

The United States is providing logistical and intelligence support to Saudi airstrikes in Yemen.

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