Iran Warns US Against Attacking Alleged Spy Ships

Iran recently warned the U.S. against targeting two cargo ships in the Mideast suspected of operating as a forward operating base for the Iranian government.

Iran’s warning comes after the U.S. and the U.K. launched massive airstrike operations against Iran-backed Houthi terrorists in Yemen.

Iran’s statement concerning the Beshad and Saviz ships signal the country’s growing anger over the U.S. strikes in Iraq, Yemen and Syria against militias supported by the Iranian government.

The U.S.’s retaliatory attacks come after an Iran-backed militia launched a drone attack in Jordan, killing three American soldiers. Such attacks also come amid a Middle East war between Israel and Hamas, a terrorist organization.

The airstrikes in Yemen spanned across six of the country’s provinces, controlled by Houthi terrorists, who did not assess the damage but vowed to retaliate.

“These attacks will not discourage Yemeni forces and the nation from maintaining their support for Palestinians in the face of the Zionist occupation and crimes,” a spokesman for the Houthi military, Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree, said. “The aggressors’ airstrikes will not go unanswered.”

After conducting the airstrikes against the Houthis in Yemen, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned that “they will continue to bear further consequences if they do not end their illegal attacks on international shipping and naval vessels.”

The Houthis’ attacks against merchant ships and vessels have primarily occurred in the Red Sea, a vital area for international trade.

President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, has warned that further airstrikes will take place.

“We are prepared to deal with anything that any group or any country tries to come at us with,” Sullivan said during an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “And the president has been clear that we will continue to respond to threats that American forces face as we go forward.”

The New York Post reported that the Beshad and Saviz are commercial cargo ships registered with a company based in Tehran, Iran, that the U.S. has sanctioned as a front for the state-operated Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines. The vessels have lingered in the Red Sea for years, with many suspecting them of serving as spy positions for the Iranian government.