Houthi Rebels Reportedly Attack US Warship, Commercial Vessels

Yemeni Houthi rebels, a group President Joe Biden delisted as a terrorist organization almost immediately after taking office, have claimed responsibility for attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea on Sunday. A nearby U.S. warship also reportedly faced attacks from the group, though they have not claimed responsibility for the attempt to damage the ship.

The Pentagon announced that the ships had been attacked in a statement on Sunday.

“We’re aware of reports regarding attacks on the USS Carney and commercial vessels in the Red Sea and will provide information as it becomes available,” the Pentagon confirmed, according to the Associated Press.

The USS Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, reportedly fired at and struck a drone that was headed “in the direction of the ship” and had been launched from an area in Yemen controlled by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, a U.S. defense official told the Wall Street Journal.

This is just the latest escalation from the Houthis, as the terror group previously targeted the USS Mason in an attack in the Gulf of Aden after trying unsuccessfully to hijack a commercial vessel.

The USS Carney was also involved in prior incidents with the Houthis, including shooting down three land attack cruise missiles and multiple drones that were launched by the terror group in Yemen.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, one U.S. official reported that the latest attack began at roughly 10 a.m. in Sanaa, Yemen, and continued for around five hours.

The Houthi rebel group has since claimed credit for the attack against the vessels, publishing a statement that was posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“The Yemeni armed forces continue to prevent Israeli ships from navigating the Red and Arab Seas until the Israeli aggression against our steadfast brothers in the Gaza Strip stops,” the Houthis wrote in the statement, according to the Associated Press.

The terror group did not mention the attacks on the U.S. Navy vessels in their statement, only the commercial ships identified as the “Unity Explorer” and the “Number Nine,” both of which the Houthis claim are associated with Israel.

Many on social media are calling out Biden for removing the Houthis from the list of designated terrorist organizations in light of the latest attack, pointing out that the Iran-backed group has clearly continued to participate in terrorist activities and arguing that they should have never been delisted.