Biden Announces More Airstrikes on the Way for Yemen’s Houthis

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President Biden indicated on Thursday that additional U.S. attacks against the Houthis are probable, recognizing that the Houthi military coalition in Yemen, which is backed by Iran, was not deterred by an initial response from the Biden administration and its allies.

As Biden departed for North Carolina, he was asked whether the assaults against the Houthis were effective.

“Well, when you say ‘working’ — are they stopping the Houthis? No. Are they going to continue? Yes,” Biden responded.

In recent days, the United States has conducted numerous bouts of military operations against the Houthis, with a specific focus on military installations and command centers.

The initial phase of military actions, which commenced a week ago, was executed in collaboration with the United Kingdom.

In recent weeks, the Houthis have launched missile assaults against numerous civilian cargo ships, including several vessels owned by the United States and the United States Navy.

On Wednesday, the U.S.-owned bulk carrier Genco Picardy was the target of the most recent incident in the Gulf of Aden.

The designation of the Houthis as a Specially Designated Terrorist Group (SDTG) was declared by the administration on Wednesday.

This decision was made in retaliation for the group’s attacks on international commercial shipping in the Red Sea and what the Houthis claim is a reaction to Israel’s war against Hamas.

The SDTG label exhibits a marginal distinction from the Foreign Terrorist Organization label, which was initially implemented by the Trump administration in the early days of 2021 but subsequently rescinded by the Biden administration due to apprehensions that it might impede the provision of humanitarian aid to Yemen.

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