The United States and the United Kingdom initiate another series of coordinated attacks on Houthi positions in Yemen.

U.S. and allied forces launch airstrikes on Houthi targets in Yemen

Late Saturday night, the United States and United Kingdom military forces joined together to conduct airstrikes on Iranian-backed Houthi targets in Yemen. This action was taken in response to the Houthis’ continued attacks on international shipping and naval vessels in the Red Sea.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that this collective action sends a clear message to the Houthis that there will be consequences if they do not stop their illegal attacks. The militaries of Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and New Zealand also provided support for the airstrikes.

The strikes targeted 36 Houthi locations, including weapons storage facilities, air defense systems, and missile and radar systems. The goal of these strikes is to de-escalate tensions and restore stability in the Red Sea. However, the U.S. and its allies have warned the Houthi leadership that they will continue to defend lives and the free flow of commerce in the region.

Since Friday’s U.S. strikes in Iraq and Syria, there has been one attack on U.S. forces. Multiple rockets were fired at a U.S. base in Syria, but there were no injuries or damage reported. This attack is just one of 167 that have been carried out by Iranian-backed groups on U.S. forces in the region since October of last year.

In addition to the airstrikes, there were also self-defense strikes conducted on six Houthi anti-ship cruise missiles that were being prepared for launch against ships in the Red Sea. Another self-defense strike was carried out early Sunday morning on a Houthi anti-ship cruise missile.

This is the third time since January 11th that the U.S. and U.K. have conducted joint airstrikes in response to Houthi attacks on commercial and naval vessels in the Red Sea. The Houthis have been launching these attacks since November, and the U.S. and its allies are determined to protect the region and its vital waterways.  

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