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U.S. Carries Out Strikes Against Yemen’s Rebels

The U.S. launched missiles at three radar installations in rebel-controlled areas of Yemen late Wednesday. It’s the first time that the U.S. has carried out strikes against the Houthi rebels during the conflict in Yemen.

This comes after missiles were fired from Yemen’s coast at U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason on two separate occasions in four days.

The ship was able to deploy “defensive countermeasures,” according to a statement from Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook, and there was “no damage to the ship or its crew.”

A U.S. official told NPR’s Tom Bowman that the destroyer USS Nitze launched Tomahawk cruise missiles at the three locations, located north of a strategic strait called Bab al-Mandeb. “Initial assessments indicated that all three targets were destroyed,” he tells Tom.

The Pentagon says that these strikes make it “much harder for these Houthi rebels to actually target any ship out in the Red Sea,” as Tom reported on Morning Edition. He added that Pentagon officials said there was “no sense .. of any civilians being killed.”

Read more at NPR

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