The US Navy intercepted a ship carrying Turkmen-made explosive precursors from Iran to Yemen

On November 8, the US Navy intercepted a fishing boat carrying more than 70 tons of ammonium perchlorate from Iran to Yemen, which is used to make rockets, rocket fuel, and explosives.


More than 100 tons of carbamide fertilizers were also found on the ship. Urea is an agricultural chemical that can be used as a precursor to explosives.

The Turkmen news edition drew attention to the fact that in the published photographs, the inscription “Made in Turkmenistan” is visible on the bags with urea fertilizer (urea).



The manufacturer of the chemical is listed as the Marykarbamid plant.


The substances found would be enough to make fuel for more than a dozen intermediate-range ballistic missiles, depending on size, said Vice Admiral Brad Cooper , commander of US Naval Central Command, adding that the illegal transfer of lethal aid from Iran does not go unnoticed. “This is irresponsible, dangerous and leads to violence and instability in the Middle East,” the US military said.



A US Navy press release notes that the ship and its four Yemeni crew members were intercepted while crossing from Iran along a route historically used to deliver weapons to the Houthis in Yemen. The direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of weapons to the Houthis violates UN Security Council Resolution 2216 and international law.


It is assumed that the Houthis enjoy covert military and financial support from Iran and its allies in the person of the Hezbollah party.


As a result, on November 13, the intercepted ship was flooded, as the US military considered it a danger to commercial shipping. On November 15, four crew members were transferred to Yemen for repatriation.


It should be noted that carbamide in Turkmenistan is produced at the Marykarbamid, Tejenkarbamid and Garabogazkarbamid plants. In September 2021, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was informed that these enterprises meet the needs of the domestic market and export the bulk of their products abroad .


Earlier, Turkmen news found out that among the main exporters of urea produced at the Garabogazkarbamid plant was the Scottish company Caran, which is unofficially run by Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s nephew Shamurat Rejepov .


Help Wiki . The Houthis are a paramilitary group of Shiite Zaidis (Jarudites) operating in Yemen.


In 2004, she raised an armed uprising against the government of Yemen, gradually seizing control over some of the southern territories of the country. The Houthis took part in the 2011 Yemeni revolution, which resulted in the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.


Since the beginning of 2015, after the capture of the Yemeni capital Sanaa and the creation of the Revolutionary Council, it has been the de facto ruling organization in Yemen. The Chairman of the Revolutionary Council was Muhammad Ali al-Houthi . The legitimacy of his rule over Yemen was not recognized by the UN, the US and the Gulf Cooperation Council.



Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan