Attacks Backed by Iran Decelerate After Three US Service Members Died

Following the drone assault in January that claimed the lives of three US service personnel in Jordan close to the Syrian border, attacks by proxies backed by Iran have decreased. Since the United States initiated retaliatory attacks on targets in Syria and Iraq on February 2, there have only been two minor attacks in Syria. However, US lawmakers issued a warning on Wednesday, saying that the pause did not lessen the likelihood of a regional conflict. Ben Cardin, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stated on Wednesday that Iran “does not have complete command and control over their operations.” Because of this, the current state of affairs is extremely unstable and calls for cautious, level-headed American leadership.

 

Five Houthi drones were shot down by coalition and American forces late on Tuesday near the Red Sea, according to the US military. According to U.S. Central Command, the drones “presented an imminent threat to merchant vessels as well as to the U.S. Navy and coalition ships in the region.” They were launched from areas of Yemen that the Houthi rebels, who are backed by Iran, controlled. The attacks were the most recent in a string of months-long efforts to thwart Houthi attacks on Red Sea vessels. The Houthis have declared their support for Palestinians during the Gaza conflict.

 

Iran is a country that loves instability and pain. Offering a long-lasting, all-encompassing peace that permits true regional integration is the best strategy to neutralize threats over the long run. I understand that this is not an easy undertaking, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try,” Cardin stated. In retaliation, the White House declared the attack in January to be “despicable and wholly unjust” and on February 8 assassinated the commander of Kataib Hezbollah in a targeted airstrike. The Biden administration’s overall strategy for dealing with Iran was deemed poor by Senate Republicans.

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