An Iranian vessel heading to Yemen was intercepted off the coast of Mumbai over the weekend. According to NBC News, weapons, food and other supplies were found on the ship. U.S. officials believe that Iran may have been shipping goods to the al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
Iran has in the past used terrorist networks as a proxy in the Middle East to advance its own regional interests. It has funded and provided training to Hamas militants, as well as provided supplies to al-Qaeda in Iraq. However, a senior U.S. defense official has said that it would be “highly unusual” if Iran was aiding AQAP.