US Officials Confirm Air Strikes in Yemen

( – In another move signaling further escalation in the Middle East since the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by Hamas, the US just conducted another series of airstrikes against Houthi rebel targets in Yemen.

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, US officials confirmed that up to 10 unmanned drones were struck by US forces in Yemen. No casualties were reported.

The drones belonged to Houthi militants, Islamic radicals who are aligned with Iran and have been launching waves of missiles and exploding drones at commercial ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea over the last few weeks that have disrupted the normal operations of international shipping. Most of the commercial vessels targeted by the rebels are coming in and out of Israeli ports, and the attacks are in solidarity with Palestinians and a response to the Jewish nation’s military operations in the Gaza Strip. Israel began its siege on Gaza in retaliation for the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas, a group the Houthis are also aligned with.

Prior to the recent US strikes in Yemen, the Houthi claimed responsibility for attacking an American commercial ship in the Gulf of Aden. Hours before that, they shot missiles at a US Navy ship. President Joe Biden confirmed that the US will continue conducting military operations against Houthi targets.

On Sunday, Jan. 28, just a few days before the recent operation in Yemen, US forces suffered their first losses since the Oct. 7 attack set the region on fire. Three US soldiers died in a drone strike in Jordan from an unknown group believed to be backed by Iran.

Over 40 other service members suffered injuries from the attack, which was conducted by “an uncrewed aerial system” against a base next to the Syrian border. The soldiers were stationed in Jordan as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, according to the Defense Department, which aims to “ensure the defeat of ISIS” in the region.

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