WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to undertake additional strikes after the killing of three U.S. troops by Iranian-backed militias final weekend, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stated on Sunday.
“We intend to take additional strikes, and additional action, to continue to send a clear message that the United States will respond when our forces are attacked, when our people are killed,” he informed NBC’s “Meet the Press” program.
The United States and Britain launched strikes against 36 Houthi targets in Yemen on Saturday, in the second day of main U.S. operations against Iran-linked groups following a lethal assault that killed three American troops in Jordan final weekend.
Saturday’s strikes focused 13 websites in Yemen the Houthis have used to assault Red Sea transport, the Pentagon stated, at some point after the U.S. carried out a primary wave of retaliatory strikes on more than 85 targets in Iraq and Syria linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and militias it backs.
They are the most recent blows in a battle that has unfold into the Middle East since Oct. 7, when the Palestinian militant group Hamas stormed Israel from the Gaza Strip, igniting a warfare that has drawn Tehran-backed groups into assaults on U.S. and Israeli targets on a number of fronts.
“What happened on Friday was the beginning, not the end, of our response, and there will be more steps – some seen, some perhaps unseen,” Sullivan informed CBS’ “Face the Nation” program. “I would not describe it as some open-ended military campaign.”