U.S. Military Under Attack
On Sunday, unsettling developments unfolded in the Red Sea as a U.S. warship, the USS Carney, and several commercial vessels reportedly came under attack. This incident signifies a potential escalation in a series of maritime clashes linked to the Israel-Hamas conflict in the Middle East.
The USS Carney, a formidable Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, has been actively countering drones and cruise missiles launched by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in recent weeks. The vessel, recognized for its role in regional security, had successfully intercepted two Houthi drones over the Red Sea just before the reported attack.
Pentagon spokesman comments to Fox News acknowledged the reports, emphasizing that more information would be shared as it became available. The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) is expected to provide updates on the situation shortly, shedding light on the nature and extent of the attacks.
Houthi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree claimed responsibility for the attacks on commercial vessels, alleging that they had disregarded prior warnings from Houthi officials. Interestingly, Saree did not mention the involvement of a U.S. warship in the reported assault, according to the Associated Press.
The vessels targeted in the attack were identified as the Bahamas-flagged bulk carrier Unity Explorer and the Panamanian-flagged container ship Number 9. Both vessels have connections to British and German firms, respectively, with no immediate comments available from their respective management.
The Red Sea has become a focal point for escalating tensions, with the Houthis seizing a vehicle transport ship linked to Israel earlier in November. This recent incident adds to the complexity of the maritime conflict, as global shipping increasingly becomes a target amid the broader regional geopolitical dynamics.
It’s worth noting that former Obama CIA director and defense secretary Leon Panetta, speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum the day before the reported attack, emphasized the need for a more aggressive response to the increasing number of attacks by Iran’s proxy groups against U.S. forces in the Middle East.
As the situation unfolds, concerns grow over the potential ramifications of these incidents on the broader geopolitical landscape, further intensifying the challenges faced by stakeholders in the region.