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Houthis Claim to have Shot Down Another American Reaper Drone

What to Know: The Houthis have claimed to have downed another American MQ-9 Reaper drone near the port city of al-Hudaydah, western Yemen. If confirmed, this will be the second Reaper lost to Houthi air defenses since November. The Claim: In a statement, Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea claimed that "Yemeni air...

Crew Abandons Ship Following Houthi Missile Attack Against Commercial British Vessel

What to Know: The Houthis have claimed responsibility for an anti-ship missile attack against the Belize-flagged, British-registered cargo ship "Rubymar" near the Bab al-Mandab Strait last night. According to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), the crew abandoned ship due to damage sustained during the attack. https://twitter.com/UK_MTO/status/1759401808668070214 The Attack: An announcement made by...

USCG Cutter Assigned to CENTCOM AOR Intercepts Iranian Weapons Shipment to Yemen

What to Know: The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) has reported that an American Coast Guard cutter, while assigned to the CENTCOM AOR, intercepted an Iranian weapons shipment on January 28 in international waters of the Arabian Sea, which was heading to Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen. The Operation: CENTCOM confirmed that while...

Iraqi PMU Leader Vows Retaliation for American Strike Against Kataib Hezbollah Commander

What to Know: At the funeral for Kataib Hezbollah commander Abu Baqer Al-Saeedi, who was killed last week during an American drone strike in Baghdad, Iraqi Popular Mobilization Force (PMU) chief of staff Abu Fadak Al-Mohammedawi vowed retaliation and to expel foreign forces from the country. The statement comes as officials...

Islamic Resistance in Iraq Announces Full Resumption of Attacks Against American Forces

What to Know: The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella organization of Iran-backed Shia militias, has announced that they will fully resume attacks against American forces to "expel" them from the region. The decision comes amid American retaliatory strikes against elements of the Islamic Resistance in retaliation for last month's...

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