Bab al-Mandab, Yemen
18 December 2023

Announcing the launch of “Operation Prosperity Guardian, an important new multinational security initiative” in the Red Sea, the Pentagon asserted that “the recent escalation in reckless Houthi attacks originating from Yemen threatens the free flow of commerce, endangers innocent mariners, and violates international law… Countries that seek to uphold the foundational principle of freedom of navigation must come together to tackle the challenge posed by this non-state actor launching ballistic missiles and uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) at merchant vessels from many nations”.

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