Iran-backed Rebels Fire Missiles at U.S. Navy Ship

Nick Kangadis | October 10, 2016
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That Iran deal really is bringing about peace, isn’t it?

The USS Mason Navy destroyer warship was fired at twice --but not hit -- with missiles from Iranian-backed Houthi rebels on Sunday.

Pentagon officials did not mention how close the missiles got to the American ship, but a spokesman did comment on the presence of ships in the region.

According to Fox News, Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said the following:

"We assess the missiles were launched from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen. The United States remains committed to ensuring freedom of navigation everywhere in the world, and we will continue to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our ships and our service members."

Officials are keeping mum on the situation, but did say that the USS Mason did use countermeasures to the missiles being fired:

"In the first instance USS Mason employed onboard defensive measures, although it is unclear whether this led to the missile striking the water or whether it would have struck the water anyway"[…]"Beyond that, the incident is under investigation, and we hope to have more details for you in the coming days. We take this very seriously. We will protect our people."

While the White House reportedly condemned the attempted attack, they are not saying a word regarding any retaliation toward the Houthi rebels, which U.S. officials believe have been Iranian-supplied for some time now.

Fox News included in its report that the U.S. has taken sides in Yemeni civil war backing a “Saudi-led coalition.”

Fox News first reported last week that U.S. warships were sent to Yemen's coast after a United Arab Emirates ship was recently targeted by the Houthis. That ship used to be owned by a U.S. company, but was contracted to UAE at the time.

This may be part of the reason the Houthi rebels fired the missiles at the Mason. Whatever the case may be, it is safe to say that the Middle East region is becoming increasingly unstable, especially after this incident and the attack in Jerusalem that killed two Israelis and left six more wounded.

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