2 Navy Seals lost near Somalia feared dead

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The pair of Navy SEALs who went missing during a night mission off the coast of Somalia on Jan. 11 are dead, U.S. Central Command announced Sunday.

The SEALs were on an interdiction mission, climbing onto the side of a vessel, when one fell into the water. The second SEAL dove in after him. After an “exhaustive” 10-day search, they could not be found, Central Command said.

“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 U.S. Navy, and the entire Special Operations community during this time,” Gen. Michael Kurilla said in a statement.

The SEALs’ mission saw the elite unit deployed to intercept a dhow sailing boat bound for Yemen. The team found Iranian missile parts set to be delivered to Houthi militants in Yemen, the group that has for weeks shot at civilian and military ships in the Red Sea.

The ship was sunk, and its crew captured by the SEALs. The operation marked an escalation against Iran in the Yemeni conflict, after the U.S. and U.K. launched joint airstrikes on Houthi targets last week.

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