published : 2023-11-15

US Navy Destroyer Shoots Down Drone from Yemen in the Red Sea

A US defense official says the drone was shot down in self-defense

US Navy destroyer USS Thomas Hudner, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, in action in the Red Sea. Taken with a Nikon D850.

USS Thomas Hudner, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, shot down a drone from Yemen in the Red Sea on Wednesday, confirming the accounts of two US defense officials.

The defense official stated that the drone was shot down in self-defense as it was heading towards the USS Thomas Hudner.

This incident is the latest in a series of attacks on American troops stationed in the Middle East amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

According to the Pentagon, there have been a total of 56 attacks on US troops in Iraq and Syria since October 17, resulting in 59 injuries, including traumatic brain injury and non-serious injuries.

Experts suggest that the Middle East is facing the consequences of the Biden White House removing the Houthi militia from the terrorist list.

A drone flying over the coast of Yemen, representing the unmanned aerial vehicle involved in the incident. Taken with a Canon EOS R.

Last week, the Iranian-backed Houthis shot down a US MQ-9 Reaper drone near the Yemeni Coast.

The drone was engaged in surveillance activities and was estimated to cost about $30 million.

Following the drone's downing, the US has refrained from a direct response, but the Houthis have threatened to take action against Israeli ships in the Red Sea.

During a Pentagon news briefing, concerns were raised about the US military's lack of response to the Houthis.

Pentagon deputy spokesperson Sabrina Singh responded by stating that the US always reserves the right to respond at a time and place of their choosing.

US troops stationed in the Middle East during ongoing conflicts. Taken with a Sony A7 III.

In a separate development, the US Department of Defense released video footage of airstrikes conducted by US forces on Iranian proxy fighters in Syria.

These strikes targeted Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps stations in Abu Kamal and Maydin, resulting in the deaths of at least six fighters.

The airstrikes were carried out in response to continued attacks against US personnel in Iraq and Syria.

This escalating situation has raised concerns about Iranian shadow militias targeting the US and Israel in the Middle East.

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