Two defense officials told Fox News: An Iranian-backed suicide attack likely targeted American warships. The suicide attack hit a Saudi frigate off the coast of Yemen on Monday. It may have been meant for an American warship. The incident occurred in the southern Red Sea and was carried out by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Three Saudi sailors were wounded and two were killed. At first the ship was thought to have been hit by a missile. Based on analysis of a video showing the attack, American intelligence believes this was, in fact, a suicide bomber whose small boat rammed the side of the Saudi vessel. On the audio heard of the video, a voice is heard during the attack shouting in Arabic, “Death to America, Death to Israel, and Death to the Jews.”
U.S. defense analysts say those behind the attack either thought the bomber was attacking an American warship or that this was a “dress rehearsal” similar to the attack on the USS Cole. Lately all eyes are on President Trump. There is no doubt he will be scrutinized for how he handles Iranian aggression. President Obama was a coward in dealing with Iran, and now it looks like they might be trying the new guy on the block.
The attack happened in the same area where American U.S. Navy warships came under missile attack in October near the Bab al Mandab Strait connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. An American destroyer shot down those incoming missiles.
This latest incident came a day after President Trump spoke by phone with the Saudi King to discuss setting up safe zones for refugees in Syria and Yemen. Trump has the right idea. Set up safe zones in Middle Eastern countries where Middle Eastern countries can deal with their own people. Saudi Arabia has yet to take refugees from Syria. I doubt the attackers knew it was a Saudi ship they were blowing up.
We are hearing that a senior U.S. defense official says they are concerned by this latest incident. They follow that up by also saying they are confident American warships can defend themselves. In my view that sounds like we could be heading into another war. I just hope President Trump annihilates the attackers without sending any more precious American blood into that area.
The United States has supported a Saudi-led air campaign against the Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015. It is time the Saudi get into this game and help us fight ISIS.
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