WSJ: US Military Prepared Strike Options against Houthis Featured

By Gamal Khattab January 05, 2024 3266


US Takes Action Against Houthis

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the US military is ready to take action against the Yemeni Ansar Allah Houthi group. This group has been attacking Israeli ships and ships heading to Israel in the Arabian Sea and the Red Sea.

Houthi Attacks on Commercial Ships

According to the US Central Command, the Houthis have carried out 24 attacks on commercial ships since mid-November. This is a serious concern for the United States and its allies.

Challenges in Striking Houthi Targets

One of the main challenges in striking Houthi targets is that many of their weapons systems are mobile. This makes it difficult to locate and target them effectively.

International Response to Houthi Attacks

  • British Prime Minister's Call for Action

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has called on the Houthis to stop their destabilizing attacks. He has pledged to take measures to defend freedom of navigation in the Red Sea.

  • Warning from British Defense Secretary

British Defense Secretary Grant Shapps has warned that if the Houthis continue to endanger innocent lives and threaten the world economy, his country will not hesitate to take necessary action.

  • US Seeks Global Response

The United States has informed the UN Security Council that the Houthi attacks on commercial ships in Yemen pose a threat to navigational rights and freedoms in the Red Sea. The US believes this is a global challenge that requires a global response.

  • Formation of Naval Task Force

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has announced the formation of a naval task force called the "Guardian of Prosperity." This task force includes 10 countries, including Bahrain, and aims to confront attacks in the Red Sea.

  • Houthi Response to Israeli Aggression

In solidarity with the people of Gaza against Israeli aggression, the Houthis have announced that they will target commercial cargo ships owned or operated by Israeli companies, as well as those transporting goods to and from Israel.

Source: Agencies