U.S., U.K. Launches Strikes On Houthi Targets
The United States and the United Kingdom launched an attack against Houthi rebels on Saturday night, hitting at least 30 Houthi rebels in Yemen.
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According to U.S. officials, US F/A-18 fighters was launched from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier, hitting targets linked to the Iran-backed group across ten locations. In total, at least 30 Houthi targets were struck by the strikes.
According to information from an unnamed U.S. official cited by CNN, the targets linked to the Iran-backed terrorist group included an underground weapons storage facility, command and control operation centers, as well as other weapons used by Houthis to target international shipping vessels.
The strikes on the Houthis followed the Friday attack by the U.S. on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and some other Iran-backed militias in Syria and Iraq. in total, the country’s strike reportedly hit over 85 targets linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and the related militias.
“The facilities that were struck included command and control operations, centers, intelligence centers, rockets, and missiles, and unmanned aired vehicle storages, and logistics and munition supply chain facilities of militia groups and their IRGC sponsors who facilitated attacks against U.S. and Coalition forces,” U.S. Central Command announced.
The airstrikes were in retaliation for a drone attack that killed three U.S. soldiers and injured more than 34 in Jordan on Jan. 28.
After the retaliatory strikes, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that it was only “the start of our response.”
“The president has directed additional actions to hold the IRGC and affiliated militias accountable for their attacks on U.S. and Coalition Forces. We will take all necessary actions to defend the United States, our forces, and our interests,” stated Austin.
President Joe Biden has also hinted that further measures can be taken against the IRGC if needed.
In a letter to Congress on Sunday, he wrote, “If necessary, I will direct additional measures, including against the IRGC and IRGC-affiliated personnel and facilities, as appropriate, to address the series of attacks against United States forces and facilities.