THE US has begun it’s revenge attacks on Iran-backed targets at sea after three troops were killed.
US Central command said in a statement: “On January 31 Iranian-backed Houthi militants fired one anti-ship ballistic missile from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen towards the Gulf of Aden. The missile was successfully shot down by the USS Carney.
“At 9.10pm, the USS Carney engaged and shot down three Iranian UAVs in it’s vicinity. There were no injuries or damage reported.”
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He added: “I don’t think we need a wider war in the Middle East. That’s not what I’m looking for.”
The worrying back and forth between Iran and the US comes after Iran raged against America when they were blamed for the deaths.
Iran has denied any direct involvement in Sunday’s attack but they have warned that any response on it’s territory is crossing a red line that will see them retaliate.
Tehran has also claimed that if an attack hits anywhere on Iranian soil, they will hit back at US assets in the Middle East immediately.
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Both nations have reiterated that they’re not looking to spark an open war, but any wrong move could drag the two nations into a direct conflict.
The president will do what he has to do to protect our troops and our facilities and to look after our national security
Joe Biden was considering blitzing naval targets following the deaths of Sgt Jerome Rivers, 46, Specialist Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, and Specialist Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, recently.
It marked the first US deaths by enemy fire since the start of the Israel-Hamas war – and sparked a major escalation in the crisis.
Dozens more were also injured in the strike near the Syrian border, on January 28.
Still yet to respond to the devastating attacks, a White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said a “tiered approach” may be taken.
He told reporters: “It’s fair for you to expect that we will respond in an appropriate fashion.
“It is very possible that what you’ll see is a tiered approach here, not just a single action, but essentially multiple actions.
“The president will do what he has to do to protect our troops and our facilities and to look after our national security.”