According to the Pentagon, missiles fired from Huthi-controlled territory in Yemen targeted the USS Mason and the USS Ponce, which were patrolling near each other ©Mass Communications Specialist 3 (Navy Visual News Service/AFP/File)
AFP: US threatens retaliation for attack on US warships off Yemen
The United States threatened Tuesday to retaliate for a missile attack that missed a pair of US warships in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen.
"Counterstrike, retaliatory strike: I can tell you that those things are things that we are looking at," said Navy Captain Jeff Davis, a Defense Department spokesman.
The US Navy has said the missiles, which fell short of the USS Mason, a destroyer, and the USS Ponce, an amphibious warfare ship, were fired within an hour of each other on Sunday from territory in Yemen controlled by Huthi rebels.
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Update #1: "Anybody who puts U.S. Navy ships at risk does so at their own peril:" Pentagon mulls Yemen retaliation (AP)
Update #2: Pentagon hints at possible retaliation after Yemen missile fire (Reuters)
WNU Editor: The U.S. is already heavily committed in the Yemen war on the side of Saudi Arabia .... But it looks like the U.S. is on the verge of making that commitment bigger and deeper.