Direst Ocean Conflict in Years: Yemen’s Houthis Proclaim Missile Strike on a US Naval Vessel

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Houthis in Yemen Strike US and British Vessels

News has come from our source, Reader Wall, that Friday saw a surge in aggressive behavior from Houthi terrorists in Yemen. Their menacing attacks on maritime traffic included an unsettling ballistic missile attack on a US warship, the USS Carney, on the Gulf of Aden. This attack forced the warship to defend itself by shooting the incoming missile down. A British vessel was also a target during the assault.

Conflict Escalating

The destructive assault from the Houthis on Friday paired with a commercial vessel set ablaze, driving tensions up in the biggest naval war the U.S. Navy has confronted in the region in decades. Our source has identified the targeted U.S. warship as the destroyer USS Carney. This marks treasonously uncharted territory since the October onset of the Houthi attacks, being the first specific target at a U.S. warship.

On the same day, the United Kingdom Maritime Operations, which is the British military’s watch of the Mideast waterways, confirmed that a vessel in the Gulf of Aden had been the victim of a missile attack and was alight.

Although Houthi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree did not confirm the attack on the USS Carney, he did claim responsibility for the attack on the commercial vessel that resulted in a catastrophic fire, identifying the vessel as the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker Marlin Luanda.

A U.S. military official confirmed that a single anti-ship ballistic missile, fired from Yemen under Houthi control, struck the vessel. With the struck ship in dire need, the USS Carney was sailing towards it to provide assistance.

Unprecedented Escalation

The Houthi’s targeted attacks on U.S. warships mark a severe escalation of their campaign in the Red Sea since the Israel-Hamas conflict. The United States has been cautious in how they describe the Houthi’s offensive actions and has tried to determine the Houthi’s exact target, aiming to prevent a widespread regional war.

For weeks, the U.S. and their allies have refrained from striking Houthi weapons sites in Yemen. Now, they are taking action consistently, often eliminating launch sites that are armed but not fired, deeming them an imminent threat.

Recognizing the Direct Attack

Whilst the USS Carney was undoubtedly a target, the U.S. military’s Central Command Friday statement mentioned the Houthis fired “toward” the Carney. Recognizing this assault explicitly as a direct attack on a U.S. warship is critical, according to Senior Director at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Brad Bowman.

He asserts they are finally labeling the situation as it is – an attempt to attack their forces. In his view, the attempts to moderate language and responses to prevent a more extensive war have had the counterproductive effect of further empowering the Houthis.

Recent Attacks and Aftershocks

The latest attacks against the U.S. and Britain depict a disturbing trend by Houthi terrorists against vessels navigating through the Red Sea and surrounding waters. This aggression has disrupted worldwide trade amidst Israel’s war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Several airstrikes have been carried out by the U.S. and Britain since the Houthi attacks, which started with their missile depots and launching sites in conflict-stricken Yemen. Since then, the antagonists have repeatedly directed their attacks on ships in the Red Sea under the pretext of avenging Israel’s offensive in Gaza.

Unfortunately, they have often targeted vessels that have marginal or no clear connections to Israel, jeopardizing a significant route for global trade between Asia, the Mideast, and Europe.

The Houthi terrorists have warned they will now also target American and British vessels after their increased attacks. Their actions prompted an escorting U.S. Navy warship to neutralize their projectiles when two American-flagged ships transporting cargo for the U.S. Defense and State departments came under attack on Wednesday.

The Houthi strikes mark the worst attacks since the 1980s Tanker War, the U.S. Navy’s top Mideast commander informed the AP on Monday. This war resulted in a one-day naval battle between Washington and Tehran and saw a horrifying accident where an Iranian passenger jet was shot down by the U.S. Navy, which took the lives of 290 people in 1988.


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