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Shafaq News/ The American “PBS” network made a comparison between the situation in Iraq, where armed factions launch attacks on American forces, and the situation in Yemen, where the Houthis launch attacks on American commercial and military ships and target Israel with missiles and drones, saying that the United States did not respond to the Houthis. Just as it did against the Iraqi factions.
After the American report indicated that the recent attacks launched by the Houthis on commercial and other American military ships, he said that the immediate question he asked was, “Will the American army respond?” He added, “So far, the United States has avoided military retaliation, which is a marked difference from its multiple strikes.” Against Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria.”
The report pointed out that American officials say that the Houthis did not technically target American ships or forces, but this characterization raises the suspicions of ship captains who are watching the drones heading towards them.
The report reviewed some of what was happening in Yemen during the war that the Houthis waged against the Saudi-led coalition in 2015, as this confrontation turned into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, causing widespread hunger and misery in Yemen, which the report described as the poorest country in the country. The Arab world, and left one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world, killing tens of thousands of people.
The report also pointed out the existence of a ceasefire, although it technically ended more than a year ago, while an exchange of prisoners took place between Saudi Arabia and the Houthis, and a Houthi delegation was invited to peace talks in Riyadh last September, as part of the major breakthrough that was achieved between the Kingdom and Iran.
The report continued that since the beginning of the war between Israel and Hamas, the Houthis have escalated their attacks on ships in the region, especially after the bloody attack on a hospital in Gaza on October 17, while the Houthis say that their target is Israel, while the Yemeni military spokesman said His group wants to "prevent Israeli ships from sailing in the Red Sea (and the Gulf of Aden) until the Israeli aggression against our steadfast brothers in the Gaza Strip stops."
The report mentioned the attacks launched by the Houthis last Sunday, which targeted several commercial ships, while the naval destroyer "USS Carney" shot down three drones that were heading towards the ship and also headed to try to help commercial ships, and the American destroyer "USS Mason" was also shot down last Wednesday. A drone was heading towards her, but US Central Command said in a statement that “we cannot currently assess whether Carney was a target” for the drones.
The report stated that while the United States carried out air strikes on Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria that targeted American forces in 77 different attacks since October 17, the US military has not yet retaliated against the Houthis.
The report considered that this hesitant position reflects political sensitivities and stems largely from the Joe Biden administration's broader concerns about overthrowing the fragile truce in Yemen and fueling a broader regional conflict, as the White House wants to maintain the truce and fears taking action that might lead to opening another war front.
Despite this, the report says that American officials warn that military action is an option, and have not withdrawn it from the table, adding that American officials confirm, secretly and publicly, that there is a difference between attacks on Iraq and Syria and attacks by the Houthis.
The report dealt with the attacks launched by Iraqi factions on American military sites and bases in Iraq (37 times) and in Syria (40 times), where dozens of Americans were injured but none of them were killed. It also dealt with the American responses to these attacks inside Syria and within Iraq itself.
Iranian-backed militias launched attack drones, missiles, or close-range ballistic missiles at bases in Iraq 37 times and in Syria 40 times. Dozens of soldiers suffered minor injuries, in most cases traumatic brain injuries. In all cases so far, employees have returned to work.
It also discussed the attacks launched by the Houthis, including the seizure of a ship linked to Israel, and the launching of missiles towards an American military ship that did not hit it.
While the report pointed out that the lack of an American response put American officials in a difficult position, it pointed out that Pentagon officials say that their military ships shot down Houthi drones that were heading towards them because they were considered a “threat.” However, officials later say that the American assessment is that the ships It was not the target, after reviewing intelligence assessments of telemetry and other data, a situation that does not please sailors on ships monitoring the radar path of incoming drones.
After the report stated that the International Maritime Security Organization issued a warning to ships crossing the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab, where ships must choose routes as far away from Yemeni waters as possible, and sail at night and without stopping, it indicated that the United States is holding talks with its allies about forming a naval task force to accompany Yemeni waters. Merchant ships in the Red Sea.
The report continued to say that there are about 38 countries participating in a similar task force in the region, and its primary goal is to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, adding that American officials must now discuss the issue with allied countries to find out who wants to engage in a new effort, as US Defense Secretary Lloyd spoke. Austin last Thursday with Saudi Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman about Houthi threats to navigation in the Red Sea, saying that Washington wants to work with other countries to ensure safe passage for ships.
The report concluded by saying that the Biden administration has repeatedly spoken about the importance of avoiding escalation of the war between Israel and Hamas into a broader regional conflict, recalling the statements of the Pentagon spokesman who said that the strikes on the Iranian-backed factions in Iraq and Syria have not yet led to an expansion of the scope of the conflict.
But the report concluded that it was not clear whether launching targeted strikes against Houthi weapons depots or similar sites, which enjoy Iranian support, would constitute crossing borders and trigger a broader war.
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