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U.S. Military Launches Another Strike in Yemen

The U.S. military conducted another strike in Yemen against a Houthi-controlled site deemed a threat to commercial vessels in the Red Sea. This follows a series of airstrikes by the U.S. and Britain targeting Houthi rebels.

Naval Operation Details

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The Navy destroyer USS Carney, utilizing Tomahawk land attack missiles, executed the “follow-on action” against a Houthi radar site. The strike aimed to eliminate the risk posed to commercial ships in the Red Sea.

Previous Day’s Airstrikes

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On the preceding day, the U.S. and Britain launched multiple airstrikes, hitting 28 locations and over 60 targets across Houthi-controlled areas. President Joe Biden had warned of further strikes if Houthi activities persisted.

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Naval Warning to American Vessels

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In response to the initial airstrikes, the U.S. Navy issued a warning to American-flagged vessels, advising them to avoid specific areas around Yemen in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden for the next 72 hours.

Houthi Retaliation Threat

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Anticipating retaliation from the Houthis, U.S. military and White House officials expressed expectations of Houthi counterattacks. They raised concerns about a potential escalation in the already volatile region.

Casualties and Targets

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The U.S.-led strikes resulted in at least five reported casualties and six injuries, according to Houthi sources. The attacks targeted various sites, including airfields, weapons depots, radar, and remote mountain areas.

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President Biden’s Response

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President Biden, addressing the situation, stated that the U.S. would respond to Houthi actions and referred to the group as a terrorist organization. He dismissed claims that seeking congressional authorization for the strikes was necessary.

Pentagon’s Statement

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The Pentagon revealed that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin authorized the military action. He was simultaneously recovering from complications following prostate cancer surgery.

Designation of Houthis

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President Biden affirmed the belief that the Houthis are a terrorist group, regardless of their formal designation. The administration is considering redesignating them as a terrorist organization.

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International Response

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Saudi Arabia distanced itself from the attacks, seeking to maintain diplomatic ties with Iran and the ongoing cease-fire in Yemen. The strikes have the potential to impact regional dynamics.

Assessment of Damage

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The extent of damage from the airstrikes is yet to be fully assessed. The U.S. military evaluates the impact on Houthi capabilities, emphasizing that the strikes focused on low-populated areas.

Ongoing Tensions

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The recent airstrikes have reignited attention on Yemen’s prolonged conflict, marked by the Houthi insurgency since 2014. The situation remains fluid, with uncertainties about future developments in the region.

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