In a significant military operation, US and UK forces, along with help from other allies, launched multiple strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen. This move, confirmed by US President Joe Biden, was a direct response to the Iran-backed Houthi group’s repeated attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea.

President Biden stated, “Today, at my direction, US military forces — together with the United Kingdom and with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands—successfully conducted strikes against several targets in Yemen used by Houthi rebels to endanger freedom of navigation in one of the world’s most vital waterways.”

The operation involved over 60 targeted strikes at 16 locations, aiming to dismantle Houthi capabilities significantly. US Air Forces Central Commander Lt. Gen. Alex Grynkewich elaborated,

“The Houthi assets included command and control nodes, munitions, depots, launching systems, production facilities, and air defense radar systems.”

The decision to strike was not taken lightly. For weeks, the US had been reluctant to engage directly in Yemen due to the potential for regional escalation. However, the ongoing Houthi threats to international shipping necessitated this response. This marks a departure from previous US military policy in the region, as it is the first known strike against the Houthis in Yemen, despite previous actions against Iranian proxies in Iraq and Syria. We are now involved in direct military actions in the Middle East with multiple international players.

The strikes were executed using fighter jets and Tomahawk missiles, focusing on precision to minimize collateral damage. The weaponry included contributions from the USS Florida, a guided missile submarine, and British Typhoon jets from RAF Akrotiri, a Royal Air Force base located in Cyprus. UK junior armed forces minister James Heappey confirmed the successful targeting of at least 14 Houthi positions.