In a coordinated effort, US, UK strike Houthis in Yemen, deploying a combination of air and surface platforms, including fighter jets. Multiple nations have joined forces in this strategic operation. Joint reports from the Pentagon confirm the successful striking of at least 30 targets spanning over 10 locations.
Notable among the targets were command and control centers, an underground weapons storage facility, and weaponry utilized by the Houthi rebels to threaten international shipping lanes.
The Houthis holding gun in Yemen
In a calculated move aimed at curbing Iran-backed Houthi aggression in Yemen, the United States and Britain executed a second wave of assaults, targeting 36 Houthi sites on Saturday. This strategic response comes in the aftermath of relentless attacks on American and international interests, following the Israel-Hamas conflict.
Notably, the strikes did not directly target Iran, showcasing a delicate balance in Washington's approach to prevent further escalation. In a subsequent self-defense move on Sunday, U.S. Central Commandthwarted a Houthi anti-ship cruise missile, emphasizing the ongoing threat to maritime security in the Red Sea.
The operation on Saturday saw a collaboration of U.S. warships, and American and British fighter jets, with strikes hitting 13 different locations. U.S. F/A-18 fighter jets from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, British Typhoon FGR4 fighter aircraft, and Navy destroyers USS Gravely and USS Carney were instrumental in the coordinated attack.
The U.S. has made it clear that these strikes are not a one-off response. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that the military action, supported by several nations including Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and New Zealand, sends a resolute message to the Houthis to cease their illegal attacks on international shipping.
The Defense Department specified that the strikes targeted key Houthi facilities, including deeply buried weapons storage, missile systems, air defense systems, and ground control stations. The British military contributed by striking a ground control station west of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, responsible for directing Houthi drones in the Red Sea.
While the Houthis have been persistent in their daily missile or drone attacks, the Biden administration signals a willingness to continue strikes if necessary. President Joe Biden was briefed on the operation, emphasizing the gravity of the situation.
The joint U.S.-UK operation in Yemen marks the third such strike against Houthi targets, intending to convey a broader message to Iran. Washington holds Tehran accountable for supporting militias like Hezbollah, Hamas, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, and the Houthis, responsible for destabilizing the Middle East and posing threats to U.S. and international interests.
The United States and Britain have executed targeted strikes on approximately a dozen Houthi militant targets in Yemen. These strategic actions come in the wake of more than two months of relentless Houthi attacks on international cargo ships and U.S. warships in the Red Sea, contributing to the escalation of a conflict in the Middle East that U.S. officials have diligently sought to control.
The Biden administration, signaling a robust stance against the Iranian-backed Houthi militants, has been hinting at possible retaliation for days. A senior official emphasized that the Houthi aggression would not go unanswered and reiterated that there would be "consequences" if the attacks persisted.
President Biden convened with his national security team on New Year's Day to deliberate on potential courses of action, underscoring the gravity of the situation and the administration's commitment to addressing the ongoing threat.