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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Missile again fired at U.S. Navy from Houthi territory in Yemen

A U.S. Navy destroyer was targeted on Wednesday in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, the second such incident in four days, the U.S. military said.

The USS Mason fired defensive salvos in response to at least one missile which did not hit the ship or caused any damage as it operated north of the Bab al-Mandab Strait, the Pentagon said. Indications are that the second salvo brought down an incoming missile, one U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The renewed attempt to target the U.S. Navy destroyer will add pressure on the U.S. military to retaliate, a move that would represent the first direct U.S. military action against Houthis in Yemen's conflict. The Pentagon said it would respond "at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner."

The United States, a longtime ally of Saudi Arabia, has provided aerial refueling of jets from a Saudi-led coalition striking Yemen and it supplies U.S. weapons sales to the kingdom.

Michael Knights, an expert on Yemen's conflict at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said the missile attacks appeared to be the Houthis' response to an attack last weekend, widely blamed on Saudi-led forces, on mourners gathered in Yemen's Houthi-held capital Sanaa.

The White House says it is reviewing its support for Saudi-led forces in Yemen in the wake of Saturday's strike, which killed at least 140 people by one count.

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Coward of a president wont make em into fish food.

Anonymous said...

Blow em out of the water.

Steve said...

The only "appropriate time" to retaliate is .4 seconds after they initially attacked us. We should have had 40 missiles hitting the launch site of that missile in the first 60 seconds, or less!

"appropriate time", my arse!

Anonymous said...

So everyone is talking about Trump's video.. This is an item everybody should be talking about, launching missiles at one of our Navy destroyers it's incredible where the focus of the mainstream media is today. The mainstream media should be embarrassed of itself it's more like watching Entertainment Tonightinstead of actual news. And I include Fox News in this group including Shepard Smith

Anonymous said...

Yeah, just deliberate about what you should have done and had the immediate intel to do when that middle was on its way toward you. Sorry, Captain, we know what you and your crew would have liked to do versus what you were ordered not to do.

Anonymous said...

Our Navy is under attack and the White House says it is reviewing its support for these terrorists? This is why the world is so dangerous today. An incompetent President and Hillary would continue the legacy of one failure after another. Vote Trump!!!

Anonymous said...

They know Obama's a cowardly lame duck president..all these people will keep poking the giant till we get someone with balls as our president...they know Obama is ball-less...

Anonymous said...

834 i believe he is with them. Band leader and Part of this madness. His policies make him the owner of it

Anonymous said...

Where is Captain Chandler (The Last Ship on TNT) when we need him! The situation in this country is starting to mirror the show WAY too close!

Anonymous said...

It isn't incompetence.
There are plenty of very smart advisors on board at all times.
It is criminal.