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US forces fend off 10-hour attack of drones and missiles from Iran-backed rebels in the Red Sea
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US forces fend off 10-hour attack of drones and missiles from Iran-backed rebels in the Red Sea

U.S. forces in the Middle East repelled an onslaught by Iranian-supported forces in Yemen that sent 12 attack drones and missiles at American ships.

The attack of missiles and drones, often referred to as suicide drones, reportedly started at 6:30 a.m. and lasted 10 hours, according to a post on X from United States Central Command:

"U.S. assets, to include the USS LABOON (DDG 58) and F/A-18 Super Hornets from the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, shot down twelve one-way attack drones, three anti-ship ballistic missiles, and two land attack cruise missiles in the Southern Red Sea that were fired by the Houthis over a 10 hour period which began at approximately 6:30 a.m. (Sanaa time) on December 26."

Shockingly, or perhaps in a show of American might, CENTCOM reported "no damage to ships in the area or reported injuries."

After shooting down the drones, the USS Laboon responded to distress calls from two commercial vessels, according to the Daily Mail.

The USS Laboon is a guided-missile destroyer first commissioned in 1995. It is not part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, which consists of an aircraft carrier, a guided-missile cruiser, two other guided-missile destroyers, and more.

The Iran-backed Houthis have recently been the most prominent agitators of U.S. naval forces in the region. After the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the group allegedly adopted the slogan "God is great, death to the U.S., death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam."

In late October 2023, a destroyer called the USS Carney shot down three land attack cruise missiles and several drones operated by the Houthis.

Less than a month later, another destroyer named the Thomas Hudner shot down a Houthi drone making its way toward the American ship from Yemen.

In late November 2023, "two ballistic missiles were fired from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen" near the USS Mason, a guided-missile destroyer. No damages or injuries were reported.

Lastly, a Houthi drone attack in early December 2023 was again thwarted by the USS Carney. At the time, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, a spokesman for the Houthis, issued a renewed "warning to all Israeli ships or those associated with Israelis that they will become a legitimate target" if the "Israeli aggression" in the Gaza Strip does not stop.

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