Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook released a statement on October 12 regarding U.S. military strikes against radar sites in the Yemen War.
Yemen War: The Statement
The statement noted that the U.S. military destroyed three radar sites within the Houthi-controlled part of Yemen’s Red Sea coast. The statement discloses that the strikes were authorized by U.S. president Barack Obama.
Recommendation for the strikes were given by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford.
According to the Navy.mil statement, the radar sites destroyed were involved in the latest missile launches threatening USS Mason and other ships in the Red Sea and the Bab el-Mandeb.
The statement also reported that the self-defense strikes were implemented to protect the country’s personnel, their ships and their freedom of navigation in this significant maritime passageway.
The statement concluded that the United States will respond to any future threat against its ships and commercial traffic. They will retaliate in an appropriate manner and would maintain freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, the Bab el-Mandeb and anywhere else around the world.
Yemen War: The Attack
It was reported by CNN that on October 10, two missiles were aimed at a U.S. warship off the coast of Yemen on Sunday. However, it missed the vessel and landed on the the water instead, according to a Pentagon spokesman.
Capt. Jeff Davis said that the two missiles were targeted at the USS Mason from Houthi-controlled territory in war-torn Yemen. He added that the guided-missile destroyer implemented its “onboard defensive measures” and remains undamaged.
However, the Houthi-controlled military denied such an attack and said it was nothing but a cover-up to justify U.S. and “heinous” Saudi-led airstrike.
“Reports that allege that Yemeni rockets targeted ships off the Yemeni (coast) are baseless,” the official reported.