US downs more Houthi drones; American public lulled into complacency by Navy’s power, defense official says

Houthi supporters attend a rally in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and against the U.S.-led airstrikes on Yemen, in Sanaa, Yemen. The Houthis have conducted multiple attacks on vessels in the Red Sea. (AP Photo/Osamah Abdulrahman)
Published February 17, 2024

Self-defense strikes have also been carried out against the terror group in recent weeks

U.S. forces shot down four Iran-backed Houthi drones Friday after the terror group fired four anti-ship ballistic missiles earlier, a senior defense official told Fox News.

The Houthis are angry about the Biden administration redesignating it as a terrorist group, which will cut off its financing. The sanctions went into effect Friday.

The senior defense official told Fox News that the American public has gotten lulled into complacency, thinking it is easy for the Navy to keep shooting these missiles and drones down.



Should a Houthi missile strike a U.S. warship, “the escalation that will follow is very serious and should give people pause,” the official said.

“People have gotten too used to us being really good at shooting these incoming missiles down,” the official added. “They don’t realize how hard it is to do and the strain on the sailors manning the radar.



RELATED: Houthis fire missiles at British ship
Maritime security agencies deny claims the vessel was hit in the attack.

Published February 17, 2024

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels fired missiles at a “British ship” off the country’s coast on Thursday, but two maritime security agencies said the vessel was not hit.

The rebels carried “out a military operation targeting a British ship… while it was sailing through the Gulf of Aden,” Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Saree said on social media Thursday, claiming the missiles had made a “direct” hit.

Earlier, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations reported “an explosion in close proximity” to a ship east of Yemen’s Aden. It said the vessel was safe and sailing to its next port of call.

Security firm Ambrey said a “bulk carrier was targeted by an explosive projectile whilst transiting” east of Aden, without mentioning its nationality.

The projectile exploded off the vessel but did not strike it, Ambrey said, adding that the attack caused only “minor damage due to shrapnel impacting a diesel generator pipe which led to a diesel leak.”



RELATED: US intercepts weapons shipment bound for Houthis

Coast Guard finds more than 200 packages of medium-range ballistic missile components and other weapons, the military said.

The seizure came as the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the Red Sea continued to target commercial shipping, prompting strikes from the U.S. and allies. | Courtesy of U.S. Central Command
Published February 15, 2024

A U.S. Coast Guard ship seized weapons intended for the Houthi militant group during an operation in the Arabian Sea in late January, U.S. Central Command announced Thursday.

On Jan. 28, personnel aboard the Coast Guard cutter Clarence Sutphin Jr. located and boarded a vessel, the command said in a statement, not specifying who operated the boat or providing other details. But the shipment originated from Iran, the command said.

Once on board, Coast Guard members found more than 200 packages of medium-range ballistic missile components, explosives, uncrewed underwater and surface vehicle components, military-grade communication and network equipment, and anti-tank guided missile launcher components, Central Command said.

The seizure came as the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the Red Sea continued to target commercial shipping, prompting strikes from the U.S. and allies.




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