US drops more bombs on Yemen as it launches airstrikes on 14 Iran-backed Houthi terrorist


The US military has said its forces conducted strikes on 14 Houthi missiles that were loaded to be fired from Yemen, in the fourth day of airstrikes in less than a week.

In a statement on social media platform X, U.S. Central Command said the Houthi missiles presented an imminent threat to merchant vessels and U.S. Navy ships in the region.

‘These missiles on launch rails … could have been fired at any time, prompting U.S. forces to exercise their inherent right and obligation to defend themselves,’ it added.

‘These strikes, along with other actions we have taken, will degrade the Houthi’s capabilities to continue their reckless attacks on international and commercial shipping in the Red Sea, the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, and the Gulf of Aden.’

Footage shared on social media purportedly showed the moment the air strikes hit their targets in Yemen

Footage shared on social media purportedly showed the moment the air strikes hit their targets in Yemen

The strikes marked the fourth time that the U.S. has taken action against Houthis this week

The strikes marked the fourth time that the U.S. has taken action against Houthis this week

Attacks by the Iran-allied Houthi militia on ships in the region since November have slowed trade between Asia and Europe and alarmed major powers. 

The U.S. strikes are meant to degrade the Houthis’ ability to carry out attacks in the Red Sea.

But the Houthis, who control most of Yemen, say they are acting in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza and have threatened to expand their attacks.

A Houthi missile launcher is seen at a rally in Yemen on Sunday

A Houthi missile launcher is seen at a rally in Yemen on Sunday

Houthi rebels are pictured on Sunday at a rally near Sanaa, Yemen

Houthi rebels are pictured on Sunday at a rally near Sanaa, Yemen

Earlier on Wednesday, U.S. Central Command said a drone launched from areas controlled by the Houthi rebels in Yemen had struck a U.S.-owned vessel in the Gulf of Aden.

There was some damage but no injuries in the attack, it added on X.

The vessel, M/V Genco Picardy, is a Marshall Islands-flagged flagged, U.S.-operated bulk carrier ship, it said.

The United States returned the Yemen-based Houthi rebels to a list of terrorist groups, opens new tab, as the militants also claimed another attack this week on a U.S.-operated vessel in the Red Sea region.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Biden administration re-listed the Houthi rebels in Yemen as a terrorist group – drawing harsh criticism from Republicans who slammed the move for not going far enough.  

Former President Donald Trump had previously listed Houthis as foreign terrorist organizations (FTO) and specially designated global terrorists (SDGT).

But Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken de-listed them in 2021 to make it easier to get humanitarian aid into Yemen.

Three years later, Biden bowed to increasing pressure to re-list the group – as SDGT – only after Houthi rebels attacked U.S. ships in the Red Sea.

Now, members of Congress are ripping Biden for not taking ‘real action’ and waiting years to hold the terrorist group accountable.

In addition, the SDTG label to be reimposed on the Houthis does not include harsher sanctions that come with being appointed to the FTO list, such as travel restrictions.

House Intelligence Chairman Mike Turner told DailyMail.com that Biden should ‘have never removed’ the Houthis’ FTO designation. 

‘Designating the Houthis as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ only applies sanctions and avoids taking any real action,’ he added.

Houthi fighters and tribal supporters raise their firearms to protest U.S.-led airstrikes

Houthi fighters and tribal supporters raise their firearms to protest U.S.-led airstrikes 

A Houthi fighter hold his rifle at a ceremony celebrating the end of his training

A Houthi fighter hold his rifle at a ceremony celebrating the end of his training 

‘President Trump designated Houthi rebels as terrorists. Joe Biden removed the designation in 2021. Now, Biden admits that the Houthis are ‘terrorists’ after their repeated attacks in the Red Sea,’ Texas Rep. Lance Gooden posted on X.

‘Joe Biden is continuing his 50+ year streak of being WRONG on foreign policy!’

New York Rep. Claudia Tenney posted on X, ‘President Biden’s decision to designate these as an FTO is long overdue and may be too little, too late.’

Some lawmakers said Biden had originally taken the Houthis off of the terrorist lists to ease tensions with Iran. 

‘Biden gets no credit for reversing one of his first — and worst — appeasements of Iran,’ California Rep. Darrell Issa said. 

The Houthi soldiers conduct mock drills against fake Israeli forces

The Houthi soldiers conduct mock drills against fake Israeli forces 

A Houthi fighter is pictured standing aboard a cargo ship in the Red Sea

A Houthi fighter is pictured standing aboard a cargo ship in the Red Sea 

Oklahoma Sen. Markwayne Mullin posted on X: ‘Three years ago, Joe Biden made the weak decision to remove the Houthi’s terrorist designation — another failed attempt at appeasing Iran-backed forces who chant ‘Death to America.’

‘With hostile adversaries testing American resolve, U.S. strength is essential for our national security and global stability,’ the post continued.

Earlier this week, the Houthi forces hit a U.S.-owned shipping vessel with a missile as it was traveling through the Red Sea.

The group also shot an anti-ship cruise missile at a U.S. naval destroyer, according to U.S. Central Command. 



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