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U.S. and Allies Step Up Attacks Targeting Iranian Proxies in Yemen

By NCRI Staff, March 13, 2024

Airstrikes attributed to a U.S.-British coalition hit port cities and small towns in western Yemen on March 11, killing at least 11 people and injuring 14 while defending commercial shipping, a spokesperson for Yemen’s internationally recognized government told Reuters.

At least 17 airstrikes were reported in the country, including in the principal port city of Hodeidah and at Ras Issa Port, according to Al Masirah, the main Houthi-run television news outlet.

U.S. and allied forces shot down 15 one-way attack drones fired by the Yemeni Houthis, who are fully backed by the Iranian regime, into the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, the US military said on March 9, 2024.

The US Central Command, or CENTCOM, said the “large-scale” Houthi attack occurred before dawn into the Red Sea and adjacent Gulf of Aden.

“These actions are taken to protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safer and more secure.”

It was one of the Houthis’ largest attacks since they began in November a campaign of drone and missile strikes against ships in the Red Sea area, vital for world trade.

On February 19th, 2024, the Houthis shot down a United States drone off the coast of Yemen. Days before this attack, United States Deputy Commander of Central Command (CENTCOM) Defense Forces and Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, said, “The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is inside Yemen, and they are serving side by side with the Houthis, advising and providing targeting information.”

This was the second US MQ-9 Reaper drone to be shot down by the Houthis. A previous drone was shot down in early November 2023 before the U.S. designated the Houthis as SDGT (Specially Designated Global Terrorists) in February 2024.

As attacks by the Houthis continue in the Red Sea, the commander in charge of U.S. military operations in the Middle East says the U.S. needs to stop the Iranian regime from providing the Iranian proxies with weapons.

“The most important thing is to deny their ability to resupply from Iran. The Houthis are not building. They’re putting it all together and assembling, but they don’t create inertial navigation systems. They don’t create medium-range ballistic missile engines,” Gen. Erik Kurilla, the chief of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 6, 2024. During the hearing, some senators expressed a desire for more forceful action against the Iran regime, the Houthis’ supplier of weapons, funding, and intelligence needed to attack vessels.

On March 10, the French weekly magazine “Express” published an article revealing the operations of an intelligence ship belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards named “Behshad.” The vessel, disguised as a commercial ship, reportedly plays a crucial role in guiding the missile attacks of Houthi insurgents and has been stationed in the Red Sea since 2021.

Express detailed the ship’s mission of providing valuable information to the Houthis for identifying and targeting Western ships in the Gulf of Aden. Recent weeks have seen relentless missile and drone attacks by the Houthis in the Red Sea, with American forces managing to destroy at least 43 Houthi combat drones within forty-eight hours. One such attack on March 6 resulted in the death of three non-combatant crew members aboard a commercial vessel in the Gulf of Aden.

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