The world is currently on edge over regional tensions in the Middle East. After the brutal October 7th terrorist attacks by the militant Hamas group against Israeli and foreign civilians, Israel immediately declared war for the first time in fifty years.

The intensive air campaign has left thousands dead, and with the main thrust of an Israeli ground invasion looming, other theaters in the Middle East are becoming intertwined in the war.

Hezbollah and the Houthis are intensifying rocket fire toward Israel, with sporadic fire coming from Syria. The Sixth Fleet, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and two Carrier Strike Groups have been dispatched to the region in a show of force and deterrence.

Israel Hamas War

On October 7th, Hamas led one of the most brutal terrorist attacks in modern history, killing at least 1,400 Israelis and foreigners, with the death toll still rising daily from serious injuries.

Israel immediately declared war for the first time in 50 years and formed an emergency war government. What followed has been a relentless air and ground campaign, which has brought emergency calls to the United Nations due to scorched earth operations.

Due to the Gaza militants becoming under pressure, various Iranian-backed groups have stepped up attacks against Israel and America. A sharp rise in low-level rocket and drone attacks against US forces is ongoing in both Iraq and Syria while the Houthis declared war against Israel.