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U.S. Super Hornets Strike Houthi Missiles in Red Sea as Attacks Continue

The United States has launched another preemptive attack on Houthi missiles in Yemen, using F/A-18E/Fs Super Hornets deployed from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Action Against Red Sea Attacks

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This action comes as part of a series of strikes aimed at thwarting Houthi missile attacks on shipping in the Southern Red Sea region.

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This marks the fifth preemptive attack by U.S. forces against Houthi targets in Yemen. The Houthis have been consistently targeting shipping in the Red Sea area.

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Three Days of Strikes

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It’s the third consecutive day that the U.S. has engaged in strikes against missiles that were being prepared for launch by the Houthis.

Recent Preemptive Strikes

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The U.S. military conducted a preemptive attack against 14 Houthi missiles on the preceding day and another preemptive strike targeting four Houthi anti-ship ballistic missiles just two days ago.

Houthi Radar Hit

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Prior to these strikes, a Houthi radar site was hit by a Tomahawk Land Attack Missile launched from the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Carney on January 13.

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Major Attack Started on 12th

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On January 12, U.S. and U.K. aircraft, surface ships, and submarines launched attacks on more than 60 targets at 28 locations in Houthi-controlled Yemen.

President Biden’s Perspective

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Earlier on the same day, President Joe Biden was questioned by reporters about the effectiveness of these strikes against the Houthis. In response, President Biden noted that while the strikes may not have completely halted Houthi actions, they are set to continue.

Pentagon’s Position

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During a subsequent press briefing, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh emphasized that the Pentagon never claimed the Houthis would immediately cease their actions.

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Up To The Houthis

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She stated that it’s ultimately the Houthis’ decision to stop their activities, and the recent strikes have significantly disrupted and destroyed many of their capabilities. The hope is that the Houthis will choose to end their interference with commercial shipping and the safety of mariners in the Red Sea.

Reports of Incidents and MQ-9 Reaper Drone

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There have been reports indicating an incident involving another vessel in the region, although officials have not yet confirmed these reports.

Unconfirmed Reports

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Additionally, there are unconfirmed reports of a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone being shot down near Baghdad, which, if verified, would be the second such incident since the start of the Israel-Gaza war on October 7. The first reported incident involved Houthi militants in Yemen shooting down a Reaper drone on November 8.

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Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) Observation

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The UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) also issued a report regarding an unnamed merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden. The vessel observed four “unidentified Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS)” flying near it, with one of these UAS landing in the water approximately 800 meters away. Fortunately, both the vessel and its crew are safe and proceeding to their next port of call.

Houthi Claims of Attack on the Chem Ranger

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In a statement, the Houthis claimed to have targeted a vessel named the Chem Ranger with “several appropriate naval missiles,” resulting in direct hits. However, as of now, this claim has not been independently verified.

Houthi’s Intent to Continue Attacks

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The Houthi statement asserts their intention to persist in hitting shipping and conducting retaliatory strikes in response to the ongoing attacks carried out by the U.S. and the U.K. They state that retaliation to American and British attacks is inevitable and that they will not let any new aggression go unanswered.

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Navigation Traffic and Blockade

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The Houthis also mention their commitment to maintaining navigation traffic in the Arab and Red Seas to destinations worldwide, except for ports in occupied Palestine. They further state that the blockade of Israeli navigation or heading to ports in occupied Palestine will continue until a ceasefire is achieved, and the siege in the Gaza Strip is lifted.

Yemeni Armed Forces’ Defensive and Offensive Actions

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The Yemeni Armed Forces confirm their ongoing implementation of both defensive and offensive procedures within their legitimate right to defend Yemen. They express their solidarity and support for their fellow residents in the Gaza Strip.

CENTCOM Statement on the Chem Ranger Attack

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CENTCOM issued a statement regarding the attack on the vessel Chem Ranger, noting that Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists launched two anti-ship ballistic missiles at the U.S.-owned tanker ship. Fortunately, the crew observed the missiles impacting the water near the vessel, and no injuries or damage to the ship were reported. The vessel has continued its journey.

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