White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan announced on Sunday the United States’ intention to undertake additional strikes in the aftermath of the killing of three American troops by Iranian-backed militias. Sullivan stressed the need to send a resolute message that the U.S. will respond decisively when its forces are attacked.
US, UK – Joint Operation in Yemen
In a coordinated effort, the U.S. and Britain executed strikes against 36 Houthi targets in Yemen. This move is part of a broader response to Iran-linked groups following a deadly attack that claimed three American lives in Jordan. The Pentagon specified that the strikes targeted sites utilized by the Houthis to attack Red Sea shipping.
Day Two of Major U.S. Operations
Saturday’s strikes mark the second day of significant U.S. operations against Iran-associated entities. These actions underscore a strategic and measured approach to address the broader implications of the conflict, which has expanded across the Middle East since October 7.
Regional Conflict: From Gaza to U.S. and Israeli Targets
The conflict traces back to October 7 when the Palestinian group Hamas initiated hostilities with Israel, sparking a broader war in the region. This escalation drew in Tehran-backed groups, leading to attacks on U.S. and Israeli targets on multiple fronts.
US – Continuous Response: Future Steps Outlined by Sullivan
National Security Adviser Sullivan assured the public that the actions taken on Friday were just the beginning of the U.S. response. He emphasized that additional steps, both visible and potentially covert, would follow. Sullivan clarified that it is not an open-ended military campaign but a focused effort to address evolving threats and protect U.S. personnel and interests.