Iran Dispatches Submarines to Red Sea

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JERUSALEM, Israel - In a provocative move, Iran dispatched submarines to the Red Sea to gather intelligence information, the semi-official Iranian Fars news agency reported.

"Iranian military submarines entered the Red Sea waters with the goal of collecting information and identifying other countries' combat vessels," Fars said.

According to the report, the Iranian submarines were sailing "alongside warships of the Navy's 14th fleet."

"The fleet entered the Gulf of Aden region in May and has now entered the Red Sea in the continuation of its mission," Fars stated.

In February, following the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the interim Egyptian government allowed two Iranian warships to traverse the Suez Canal for the first time in 30 years.

The ships made their way to Syria's Latakia port where Iranian sources said they would remain for "training exercises" about six months. They left the port within days.

In March, the Israeli navy intercepted the Victoria, a cargo ship sailing under a Liberian flag, carrying a huge cache of Iranian-made weapons. The crew said they were not aware of the cargo.

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