Attack on Saudi Warship May Have Been Meant for U.S.
Fox News issued a report yesterday that may have been lost in the liberal furor over the President’s actions: a Saudi warship was attacked by Houthi rebels on Monday, killing 2 and wounding 3 in the southern Red Sea off the coat of Yemen. Some officials are calling it “dress rehearsal” for an attack like the one on the USS Cole.
“A Saudi frigate on patrol west of the port city of Hodeida was hit by a terrorist attack from three suicide boats belonging to the Houthi militias.” Saudi state media
The Saudi warship carried 176 sailors and officers, as well as a combat helicopter.
Defense Department Officials who reviewed the video footage stated that it appeared that a suicide bomber had rammed his boat into the side of the Saudi frigate. Initial reports stated it was a missile attack,or “3 suicide boats.”
The video was taken by a man in a boat nearby, and appeared to be very close to the warship. Immediately after the explosion, you can hear him yell, “allahu akbar, death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews and victory for Islam.”
According to Fox’s exclusive report,
U.S. defense analysts believe those behind the attack either thought the bomber was striking an American warship or that this was a “dress rehearsal” similar to the attack on the USS Cole, according to one official.
The attack, near the Bab al Mandab Strait connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, occurred in the same area where U.S. Navy warships came under missile attack in October.
An American destroyer shot down those incoming missiles — the first successful engagement in combat using an American SM-2 missile.
USS Nitze, an American destroyer, retaliated soon after, launching Tomahawk missiles on October 13 at multiple Houthi radar sites in Yemen.
This latest incident came a day after President Trump spoke by phone with the Saudi King to discuss setting up safe zones for refugees in Syria and Yemen. Senior U.S. defense officials who spoke with Fox News say they’re concerned by this latest incident, but are confident American warships can defend themselves.