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Why the US confronted Iranian-backed militants in Yemen, and the risks that lie ahead

In the early morning hours of October 12, the USS Nitze fired a salvo of Tomahawk cruise missiles at radar sites in Houthi-controlled Yemen, thereby marking the US's official entrance into the conflict in Yemen that has raged for 18 months. The US fired in retaliation to previous incidents where missiles fired from Iranian-backed Houthi territory had threatened US Navy ships: The destroyers USS Mason, USS Nitze, and the amphibious transport dock the USS Ponce.
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