Jan 22, 2024
Hey, Sabrina. Is it now fair to say that the U.S. is at war in Yemen? And secondly, there are some reports about a U.S. MQ-9 being shot down over Iraq by Iranian-backed militia. Is that something you're tracking?
In terms of your first question, no, we don't seek war. We don't think that we are at war. We don't want to see a regional war. The Houthis are the ones that continue to launch cruise missiles, antiship missiles at innocent mariners, at commercial vessels that are just transiting an area that sees, you know, 10 to 15 percent of world's commerce.
The U.S. is -- what we are doing with our partners is self-defense. We certainly don't want to see this widen out to a regional war and we don't want to see this continue, which is why you have seen the action that we've taken. And as the secretary has stated before, we will continue to take that action if we need to.
Today the U.S. Central Command reported striking eight more Houthi installations in Yemen. It is the second time British bombers have taken part in the operation, now known as “Poseidon Archer”, suggesting a more organized and potentially long-term approach to the operations in Yemen.
Obviously more CENTCOM “self-defense” and “de-escalation through escalation” for the long haul, if we have that long.