Apr 15, 2024

U.S. transfers weapons seized from Iran-terrorists to Ukraine fighters

Posted Apr 15, 2024 5:00 PM
Photo U.S Central Command
Photo U.S Central Command

WASHINGTON —The United States found a creative way to get more weapons to Ukraine.

Earlier this month, the U.S. government transferred over 5,000 AK-47s, machine guns, sniper rifles, RPG-7s and over 500,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition to the Ukrainian armed forces, according to a statement the U.S. Central Command.

This constitutes enough materiel to equip one Ukraine BDE with small arms rifles and will "help Ukraine defend against Russia’s invasion."

The U.S. government obtained ownership of these munitions on December 1, 2023, through the Department of Justice’s civil forfeiture claims against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

These munitions were originally seized by U.S. Central Command and partner naval forces from four separate transiting stateless vessels between 22 May 2021 to 15 Feb 2023.

The munitions were being transferred from the IRGC to the Houthis in Yemen in violation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216. U.S. CENTCOM is committed to working with our allies and partners to counter the flow of Iranian lethal aid in the region by all lawful means including U.S. and U.N. sanctions and through interdictions.

"Iran’s support for armed groups threatens international and regional security, our forces, diplomatic personnel, and citizens in the region, as well as those of our partners. We will continue to do whatever we can to shed light on and stop Iran’s destabilizing activities.," according to the U.S. Central Command.