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US Central Command has confirmed the deaths of two Navy SEALs who went missing off the coast of Somalia on January 11 during a night mission.

The incident occurred as the SEALs were participating in an interdiction mission, attempting to climb onto a vessel. According to US officials, one SEAL fell into the water, and his comrade dived in after him, leading to both of them going missing. Despite a comprehensive 10-day search covering over 21,000 square miles with the assistance of the Japanese and Spanish navies, they were not found.

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General Michael Kurilla, in a statement, expressed deep sorrow over the incident, stating, “We mourn the loss of our two Naval Special Warfare warriors, and we will forever honor their sacrifice and example. Our prayers are with the SEALs’ families, friends, the US Navy, and the entire Special Operations community during this time.”

More on what they were doing:
According to US officials, the mission involved intercepting a dhow sailing boat en route to Yemen, which was found carrying Iranian missile parts intended for Houthi militants. The SEALs successfully sank the ship and detained its crew, marking a significant operation against Iran’s involvement in the Yemeni conflict.


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