The U.S. continues to attack Iranian proxies in the Middle East, carrying out airstrikes in Iraq and Yemen.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called the strikes a “direct response to…escalatory attacks against U.S. and Coalition personnel.”
Yesterday, the U.S. struck three facilities in Iraq linked to Iran-backed militias and also destroyed two anti-ship missiles in Yemen that were aimed at the Red Sea. It follows a weekend attack on a U.S. air base in Iraq that wounded several Americans.
The U.S. has seen a major uptick in attacks in Iraq and Syria since the start of Israel’s war against Hamas.
At the same time, Houthi rebels in Yemen have been targeting merchant ships in the Red Sea, adding to fears that the war in Gaza will spill into a broader conflict.