US and Coalition Allies Conduct Coordinated Strikes Against Iran-Backed Houthis in Yemen

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The Department of Defense announced on Saturday that a series of strikes were carried out by U.S. and coalition forces in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen. 

According to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, a series of strikes were carried out on 13 different locations. These strikes specifically targeted deeply buried storage facilities, missile systems, launchers, air defense systems, and radars. 

“The strikes aim to continue disrupting and weakening the abilities of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia to carry out their dangerous and destabilizing attacks on U.S. and international vessels that are lawfully passing through the Red Sea,” stated Austin. 

“The Houthis are being warned that if they persist with their illegal attacks on international shipping and naval vessels, they will face even more severe consequences.”

The strikes were carried out with assistance from several international partners, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.

The Biden administration authorized the initiation of self-defense strikes on Saturday evening, targeting six Houthi anti-ship cruise missiles that were poised to launch against vessels in the Red Sea.

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U.S. Strikes in Yemen

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The Department of Defense announced on Saturday that a series of strikes were carried out by U.S. and coalition forces in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.

The U.S. Central Command stated that the cruise missiles, which had been detected in certain areas of Yemen, posed an imminent danger to U.S. naval and commercial vessels in the area. 

On Thursday, the U.S. conducted another strike in self-defense, targeting a number of projectiles that were being prepared for launch by Iran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen. Since January 11, there have been over 12 strikes carried out by the U.S. against the Houthis.

Frequent attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea have caused significant disruptions to the global shipping industry. The attacks are believed to be a response to Israel’s military operations in the Gaza Strip.

On Friday, a series of strikes were carried out by U.S. forces against Houthi unmanned aerial vehicles at different times throughout the day.

The recent strikes occurred shortly after the tragic loss of three U.S. Army soldiers in Jordan. The Biden administration has attributed responsibility to the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, a coalition of Iran-backed militias that includes the militant group Kataib Hezbollah. 

In recent weeks, tragic news emerged as two U.S. Navy SEALs were reported missing during a mission in the Red Sea. Unfortunately, it has been confirmed that they have since been declared deceased.

Previous strikes by the United States have failed to prevent further attacks on American forces. Since the conflict between Israel and Hamas began in October, there have been numerous attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-backed militant groups. These attacks have involved rockets, missiles, and one-way attack drones. In response, the U.S. has carried out several counterstrikes on militant facilities in both countries.

 

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