U.S. military strikes Yemen after missile attacks on U.S. Navy ship



The U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes on Thursday to knock out three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi forces, retaliating after failed missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S. officials said.

The strikes, authorized by President Barack Obama, represent Washington’s first direct military action against Houthi-controlled targets in Yemen’s conflict.

Still, the Pentagon appeared to stress the defensive nature of the strikes, which were aimed at radar that enabled the launch of at least three missiles against the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason since Sunday.

“These limited self-defense strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships, and our freedom of navigation,” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said.

U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said U.S. Navy destroyer USS Nitze launched the Tomahawk cruise missiles around 4 a.m. local (0100 GMT).

“These radars were active during previous attacks and attempted attacks on ships in the Red Sea,” including the USS Mason, one of the officials said, adding the sites were in remote areas where the risk of civilian casualties was low.

The official identified the areas in Yemen where the radar were targeted as: near Ras Isa, north of Mukha and near Khoka.

The missile attacks on the USS Mason – the latest of which took place earlier on Wednesday – appeared to be the Houthis’ response to a suspected Saudi-led strike on mourners gathered in Yemen’s Houthi-held capital Sanaa.

Michael Knights, an expert on Yemen’s conflict at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, suggested the Houthis, fighters from a Shi’ite sect, could be becoming more militarily aligned with groups such as Lebanon’s Shi’ite militant group Hezbollah.

“Targeting U.S. warships is a sign that the Houthis have decided to join the axis of resistance that currently includes Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran,” Knight said.

The missile incidents, along with an Oct. 1 strike on a vessel from the United Arab Emirates, add to questions about safety of passage for military ships around the Bab al-Mandab Strait, one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.

The Pentagon warned against any future attacks.

“The United States will respond to any further threat to our ships and commercial traffic, as appropriate,” Cook said.

2 comments on “U.S. military strikes Yemen after missile attacks on U.S. Navy ship
  1. Yup…Any excuse to lite off a few $15Million missiles at camels and sand dunes…
    So sick of this shit, when do we get to stop tapping keyboards and start tapping triggers?

    Dear Fellow Americans and Humans Worldwide,
    WE are in the most Dangerous Times of our short history.
    Here are 6 ISSUES with the “Syrian No Fly Zone” that Hillary Clinton Proposes and Endorses.
    I feel there is Purposeful Deception and CRUCIAL POINTS being MISSED or IGNORED.

    1) Vladimir Putin is NOT a “Dictator” as Hillary Clinton and the entire US Corpo-Media portray him.
    Putin is an ELECTED LEADER with massive popularity and support in Russia and worldwide.(outside NATO/USA)
    Putin is not “murdering” anyone.
    **Unlike Hillary and Bill Clinton whose friends, employees and associates have dropped like flies and total over 44 deaths that have happened “around them” since 1990.

    2) Russia and Putin are ALLIES of a SOVEREIGN NATION called SYRIA whose President was Democratically ELECTED as well.
    Russia was INVITED by SYRIA to help get rid of SUNNI MUSLIM TERRORISTS.
    There are NO “Moderate rebels”, and the term actually refers to CIA funded, SUNNI MUSLIM MERCENARIES (ISIS) mostly from Saudi Arabia, that are fighting the SYRIAN ARMY to illegally oust Assad and install a USA/Saudi Arabia/SUNNI Muslim/Sharia Caliphate type of government in Syria.

    3) The USA has no business in Syria other than OIL and GAS for EUROPE!
    Again for review, Syria and Iran are SHIA Muslim nations, whereas Saudi Arabia, Qatar and ISIS are Radical SUNNI Muslim entities who practice STRICT SHARIA LAW.
    Syria is majority Sunni Muslim in population as is the entire middle east.
    Assad is SHIA Muslim, and the Sovereign Nation of Syria wants a SECULAR NATION, not a SHARIA Nation.
    Let us not forget that only 10 years ago, there were over a Million Christians living peacefully in Syria. There are very few in Syria today.
    This seems ALL about USA forced Regime Change, a Religious War between Sunni and Shia Muslims, AND a GAS PIPELINE from Qatar to the Mediterranean Sea that “we” want to build THROUGH SYRIA, but Assad and Syria do not want this pipeline.
    **Syria wants an Iranian/Russian Pipeline as Iran and Russia are their allies, not their enemy who is staging and funding an ILLEGAL and IMMORAL COUP that has already cost HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of LIVES and displaced Millions…..
    That sounds fair, Right?

    4) The “Leaders” and “Generals” in DC and the Pentagon consider Syria as just another Regime Change WAR for Profit like most regional wars that the USA has supplied or actually fought for the last 70 years.
    **Granted, WAR FOR PROFIT has worked great for over 120 years for Standard Oil, Ford, GM, GE, Boeing, Raytheon, Krupp, Daimler, The Pope, The Queen of England and the entire Royal Family, The Clintons, The Bush Family, The Duponts, George Soros, David Rockefeller, The Rothschild Family Banking Conglomerates and MANY MORE ELITE FAMILIES and Corporations WORLDWIDE.
    But not so great for America, Americans or the Soldiers.
    Or the REST of the WORLD for that matter!

    5) The Problem NOW is…Russia is not Grenada of 1983, and Vladimir Putin understands our Government’s “Regime Change Game” very well since he studied US doctrine as an Officer in the KGB.
    **THIS IS IMPORTANT – Since the USA suspended “Diplomatic Relations” with Russia last week, and the Russians take this VERY SERIOUSLY.. Because in Russia… either you are “AT PEACE” and have RELATIONS, or you are “AT WAR” and DON’T.
    So… The USA is in a “De-Facto State of War” with Russia right now and WE are NOT TOLD THE TRUTH, yet over 40 Million Russians were on “Civil Defense Exercises” all last week throught Russia.
    ***Sadly, and the REAL REASON for this post is that I know the Russian Military and Civilian population are much better equipped, prepared and ready for war at any time than we are.
    We cannot change our corrupt government’s plans, they do not care to hear our voice.
    But YOU and YOUR FAMILIES can PREPARE for the WORST like the people of Russia have for decades.

    6) Lastly, As of 10/8/2016, It is now impossible for any US/NATO Military Aircraft of ANY TYPE to fly in Syrian airspace without Russian permission and authorization.
    This is due to the massive deployment of the S300/S400 and other very advanced and effective anti-aircraft systems over the last 6 months that are now in place and fully operational.
    These systems are on the ground throughout Syria, in the Russian Naval Base in Latakia, and offshore on multiple Russian missile cruisers, frigates and corvettes in the Mediterranean Sea.
    **Any attempt by USA/NATO forces to breach Syrian airspace is a suicide mission as those aircraft will be shot down immediately, and this will probably result in an instant and PUBLIC Declaration of War by Russia, Syria, China and Iran.
    **You have to ask yourself… Is a gas pipeline for rich, warmongering Elites and Crazy “Leaders” worth World War III?

    ** This analysis was also posted today on Steve Quayle, Rumor Mill News Reading Room and All News Pipeline.
    Best Regards, Good Luck and Carry On,
    Gunny – Seattle, USA

  2. Didn’t the pres say the previous missile firing was a mistake? So, what was the mistake? Was it that they were fired or that they missed? More lies from D.C.?

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