It is believed that Iranian-backed Houthi rebels carried out the atrocity at the behest of Tehran. General Sir Nick Carter, head of Britain’s Armed Forces, has called for Western retaliation for the attack which killed Adrian Underwood, a former British soldier working for UK firm Ambrey to provide security for the vessel, and its Romanian captain. He said: “What we need to be doing is calling out Iran for its very reckless behaviour.”
A 40-strong team of SAS soldiers arrived in eastern Yemen yesterday.
Landing at Al Ghaydah airport in Mahra, they are said to be using local handlers, subsidised by the Foreign Office, who have knowledge of the region to help hunt the Houthi mercenaries responsible. The team also includes a specialist electronic warfare unit which can deploy resources to hoover up communications chatter.
It is feared Tehran supplied the militants with the long-range unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), to threaten international merchant vessels in…