US hits radar sites in Yemen used in the attacks on US ships

Washington Examiner:
The destroyer USS Nitze launched Tomahawk cruise missiles at three radar sites on Yemen's coast early Thursday morning local time as retaliation for this week's two missile attacks on U.S. ships, according to the Pentagon.

"Early this morning local time, the U.S. military struck three radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory on Yemen's Red Sea coast. Initial assessments show the sites were destroyed. The strikes — authorized by President Obama at the recommendation of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford — targeted radar sites involved in the recent missile launches threatening USS Mason and other vessels operating in international waters in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandeb," Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement late Wednesday.

A U.S. official said the radar sites were active during this week's attacks on the U.S. ships and a recent attack on the Swift-2, a United Arab Emirates-flagged high speed vessel.

The official pointed out that the three sites were in remote areas of Houthi-controlled territory where there was little risk of civilian casualties.
The missiles fired at the US ships were the kind Iran uses and they were the likely source for them.  The limited attack on radar facilities does not get at the heart of the problem but it will inconvenience the Houthis who act as Iran's proxy forces in the region.  The US should reimpose sanctions on Iran.

Ironically, the ship that was used to attack the radar sites was recently harassed by Iranian swarm tactics in the Persian Gulf.

The ships that were fired upon are running a limited blockade of Yemen to prevent Iran from supplying weapons to its proxy forces.


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