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Iran warns US ship carrying chemical material docked in the region

The guided missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) in the Arabian Gulf [US Navy]
The guided missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) in the Arabian Gulf [US Navy]

A senior official in the Iranian army announced that a US ship carrying chemical material has recently anchored in the territorial waters of “a Gulf state”.

A spokesman for the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Brigadier-General Abolfazl Shekarchi said the MV Cape Ray ship has recently entered the area escorted by a US destroyer, noting that the ship was present in areas like Syria and Iraq where US forces took military action in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons.

The official stressed that the Iranian army has accurate information on the ship’s characteristics including the number of crew and the chemical substances it carries, adding that Tehran will disclose details and objectives about the ship in the future.

According to the General, the ship was carrying chemical materials to areas in Iraq and Syria, accusing the United States of resorting to “dangerous methods to maintain its illegitimate presence in in the region”.

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He explained that Washington and its allies had alleged that the Syrian army launched a chemical attack on the city of Duma in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus last April, considering that the ship’s arrival to the region is evidence that the United States stands behind the use of chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq .

The MarineTraffic website confirmed that the vessel has anchored in the coast of Bahrain and visited the Shuaiba port in Kuwait two days ago.

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