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IRANIAN-BACKED Houthis Attack Ship in Gulf of Aden, Injure Mariner

The Iranian-backed Houthis launched two anti-ship cruise missiles, striking the M/V Verbena in the Gulf of Aden off Yemen. The attack set the ship on fire and severely injured one civilian mariner. U.S. Central Command reported that the mariner was flown to another ship for medical treatment by a U.S. helicopter based on the USS Philippine Sea.

The M/V Verbena, a Palauan-flagged, Ukrainian-owned, and Polish-operated bulk cargo carrier, was en route from Malaysia to Italy carrying wood when it was attacked. Central Command confirmed that the crew is still fighting fires on board. This incident marks another escalation in the Houthis’ campaign amid the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Earlier reports from British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations center and private security firm Ambrey indicated that a vessel had been attacked and caught fire after making a distress call about being struck by a missile. The Houthis typically delay claiming responsibility for such attacks by hours or even days.

This attack follows another incident where Houthis launched a boat-borne bomb against a commercial ship in the Red Sea on Wednesday. The rebels have been targeting shipping throughout this strategic corridor as part of their ongoing conflict with a Saudi-led coalition since seizing Yemen’s capital nearly ten years ago.

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US Troops UNDER ATTACK: Iran-Backed Militias Blamed for Deadly Drone Strike

A devastating drone attack in Jordan, which tragically claimed the lives of three U.S. service members, has been attributed to the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an organization supported by Iran. The assault also resulted in injuries for at least 40 troops stationed at Tower 22, a covert base vital to American operations in Syria. This alarming incident unfolds as President Joe Biden weighs his retaliatory options.

In a stern warning, Iran vowed to “respond decisively” if the U.S. takes action against Tehran for the attack. John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council, confirmed that this premeditated strike was orchestrated by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq and included involvement from militant group Kataib Hezbollah.

Kirby dismissed an announcement from Kataib Hezbollah about halting military operations against occupation forces as untrustworthy. He stressed that they are not alone in launching attacks on U.S forces. Amid this escalating situation, President Biden is set to attend a solemn ceremony honoring fallen troops at Dover Air Force Base this Friday.

Additional American strikes could potentially intensify tensions within an already unstable region struggling with Israel’s ongoing conflict with Hamas in Gaza since

OPERATION PROSPERITY Guardian: Biden’s Strategy Crumbles as Houthis Successfully Target Maersk Ship

OPERATION PROSPERITY Guardian: Biden’s Strategy Crumbles as Houthis Successfully Target Maersk Ship

Despite the Biden administration’s strategy to deter Houthi attacks, it seems to be falling short. The Times of Israel has reported a missile strike on a Maersk container ship in the Red Sea. This marks the first successful attack since an international coalition started patrolling this crucial waterway just ten days ago.

The USS Gravely was quick to respond to a distress call from the Maersk Hangzhou, intercepting two additional ballistic missiles. US Central Command (CentCom) confirms there were no injuries and that the ship remains operational. The attack happened shortly after Denmark joined the coalition and Danish-owned Maersk decided to resume shipping through the Red Sea and Suez Canal.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin initiated “Operation Prosperity Guardian” on December 18 with support from ten nations against Houthi attacks on shipping routes. The Houthis aim is to cut off Israel’s Red Sea port of Eilat. However, this recent attack raises serious doubts about Biden’s strategy and its effectiveness in maintaining maritime security.

RED SEA Chaos: Iranian-Backed Houthis Unleash Missile Attacks on Commercial Ships, US Destroyer Strikes Back

RED SEA Chaos: Iranian-Backed Houthis Unleash Missile Attacks on Commercial Ships, US Destroyer Strikes Back

Central Command has verified four missile attacks on three commercial ships in the Red Sea. One of these was an Israeli-owned vessel. The Houthis in Yemen initiated the attacks, but they were “fully backed by Iran,” according to a statement released Sunday. The USS Carney, a U.S. destroyer, retaliated by shooting down two drones.

The assaults started at 9:15 a.m. local time when the Carney detected an anti-ship missile launched from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen at the M/V Unity Explorer. This ship is flagged by Bahamas and U.K owned with crew members from two nations. However, USNI News and report that Tel Aviv-based Ray Shipping owns it.

Around noon, Carney responded to and shot down a drone also launched from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen. Central Command stated that it was uncertain whether the drone specifically targeted CARNEY or not but confirmed no damage to the U.S vessel or injuries to personnel.

These attacks pose a direct threat to international commerce and maritime security,“ Central Command said in its statement. It added that it would consider appropriate responses ”in full coordination with its international allies and partners.

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BIDEN’S Backlash: US Pounds Iran-Backed Militias

The U.S. military retaliated last Friday with an air assault on more than 85 militia sites in Iraq and Syria, all backed by Iran. This was a direct response to the drone strike that tragically claimed the lives of three American troops in Jordan the previous weekend.

President Joe Biden set a clear message that there will be more strikes to follow, cautioning, “Our response began today. It will continue at times and places of our choosing.” He stressed that any harm inflicted upon Americans would not go unanswered.

Although the U.S. consciously avoided targeting Iran directly or its high-ranking leaders, it’s unclear what impact these strikes have had due to possible prior warnings potentially driving militia members into hiding. Despite this uncertainty, one primary Iran-backed militia has halted attacks on American troops while others remain defiant and vow to continue their fight.

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