US, Britain Carry Out Strikes Against Houthis in YemenUS, Britain Carry Out Strikes Against Houthis in Yemen

A Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft took out from RAF Akrotiri to become a member of the coalition commanded by the US. The purpose of the Typhoon aircraft is to attack the Houthi movement, which is funded by Iran, by conducting airstrikes against military targets in Yemen. In the Red Sea, the Houthi organisation has posed a danger to foreign ships. This information was provided via a handout picture that Sgt. Lee Goddard took on January 12, 2024, in Cyprus, which was released by the UK Ministry of Defence.

This was reported by Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali, and Mohammed Ghobari. They said that the US and UK have attacked Houthi military targets in Yemen from the air and the sea. This is in reaction to strikes on ships by the Houthi group in the Red Sea, which made the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza much worse. Witnesses in Yemen said they heard blasts all over the country. In a statement released late Thursday, President Joe Biden said that more action would be taken if needed.

Biden said, “These targeted strikes convey a clear message that the United States and our allies won’t tolerate attacks on our personnel or any threats to freedom of navigation.” The UK Ministry of Defence said that early signs show that the Houthis are losing their power to threaten commercial ships.

The Houthi rebels, who are backed by Iran, say that their attacks on trade lines in the Red Sea are a show of support for the Palestinians and Hamas, the Islamist group that runs Gaza.

The strikes were aimed at Houthi capabilities such as drones, ballistic and cruise missiles, coastal radar, and air surveillance, according to U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, who is currently in the hospital for surgery complications. However, a Houthi official called the attacks “American-Zionist-British aggression.”

Reports say the strikes went after a number of places in Yemen, such as military sites in Sanaa, Taiz, and Hodeidah. The U.S. said that Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands were all behind the operation. They said it was an effort to get trade flowing freely again on an important route between Europe and Asia.

Even with these reports, there are still worries about things getting worse, especially since Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates could get involved. Saudi Arabia has asked for calm, and the US has said that Iran was operationally involved in the Houthi strikes by giving them military aid and information.

The U.S. used planes, ships, and subs to carry out the attacks, which were aimed at specific assets in more than a dozen places. The goal wasn’t to make a political statement, but to weaken the Houthi forces. The Houthis, who control most of Yemen, have ignored calls from around the world to stop attacking Red Sea shipping lines with missiles and drones. This has slowed down global trade and caused fears of higher transport costs and possible global inflation.

A different event happened when Israel launched a military attack on Gaza, killing many people after Hamas attacked Israel in October. The situation is still complicated and changing.

ANTI-SHIP BALLISTIC MISSILES

Prior to the US and British military activities in Yemen, the US military announced that the Houthis had fired an anti-ship ballistic missile into the Gulf of Aden’s international maritime lanes. This happened two days after the Houthis launched their most massive onslaught to yet.

On January 9, U.S. and British naval forces successfully intercepted 21 Houthi drones and missiles in what the US military described as a complicated strike, similar to Taliban or Islamic State efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In his address, President Biden emphasised that the Houthi assault on January 9 was explicitly targeting American ships. While several senior Republicans in Congress praised the military action, numerous Democrats voiced fear that the United States may get entangled in a long-term fight.

Senator Roger Wicker, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the attack was long overdue, but he saw it as a welcome first step towards restoring deterrence in the Red Sea.

Despite previous attempts to deter Houthi attacks without escalating the situation, the US and UK launched strikes outside of Operation Prosperity Guardian, a defensive US-led coalition formed in December with over 20 countries to protect commercial traffic in the Red Sea. President Biden highlighted that the international community’s reaction to these provocative assaults has been unwavering and steadfast.

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