(BT)– With the assistance of a number of other nations, the United States of America and the United Kingdom have carried out attacks against Houthi targets in Yemen using an assortment of air and surface assets, including fighter jets. It has been reported by two officials from the United States that at least thirty targets were struck over ten different locations.
An official stated that the targets included command and control, an underground weapons storage facility, and other armaments that were utilized by the Houthis in order to strike international trade channels.
According to a joint statement issued by the United States of America and the United Kingdom, along with Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and New Zealand, “Our goal remains to de-escalate tensions and restore stability in the Red Sea.
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However, let us reiterate our warning to Houthi leadership: we will not hesitate to continue to defend lives and the free flow of commerce in one of the world’s most critical waterways in the face of continued threats.”
An official from the United States informed CNN that two destroyers from the United States fired Tomahawk missiles as part of the strikes on Houthi sites in Yemen. During the mission, the land-attack cruise missiles were fired from the USS Gravely and USS Carney, both of which are guided missile destroyers of the Arleigh Burke class.
The United States has not directly targeted Iran in an effort to avert a regional war with Tehran. Instead, it has targeted some of Iran’s most powerful proxies in the area.
CNN has claimed that this is an indirect method of trying to convey a message to the leadership of Iran, which has become increasingly anxious about the acts of some of the militant organizations that it supports. Iran provides various militias with varying degrees of funding, arms, and supplies; nevertheless, the Iranian leadership does not directly manage these groups.
The strikes in Yemen are distinct from the attacks that have taken place in Iraq and Syria. The former is a reaction to the continued attacks that the Houthis have been carrying out on international maritime lanes and US warships in the Red Sea, while the latter is a retaliation for an attack that has resulted in American personnel being killed.
The two, however, are directed at Iranian-backed forces in the Middle East.
The most recent strikes, according to the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America, Lloyd Austin, “are intended to further disrupt and degrade the capabilities” of the Islamic State of Yemen militia.
This is the third time in recent weeks that the United States and the United Kingdom have bombed Houthi targets as part of a combined operation. The strikes began on Saturday.
A total of around thirty Houthi locations were attacked by the two military on January 11. After a period of less than two weeks, the United States and the United Kingdom attacked an additional eight locations.
In an effort to undermine the capability of the rebel group supported by Iran to assault international maritime channels in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, which are some of the most important waterways in the world, the earlier strikes targeted weapons storage facilities and radar installations belonging to the Houthi organization.
The Houthis, on the other hand, have maintained their defiance, pledging that following the most recent wave of strikes led by the United States, they are “more determined to confront” what they have referred to as “aggressors” from the United States and the United Kingdom.
Smaller assaults on Houthi armaments have been carried out by the United States in addition to the larger-scale strikes that have been carried out against Houthi targets. On Friday, United States forces were able to destroy four Houthi drones that, according to the United States Central Command, were ready to launch and constituted a “imminent threat” to shipping lanes and aircraft carriers of the United States.
A total of eight drones were brought down by United States military forces on the same day, which included a guided missile destroyer and an F/A-18 fighter plane. These drones were shot down over the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.