WASHINGTON Oct 12 The U.S. military launched
cruise missile strikes on three coastal radar sites in
Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen, retaliating after failed
missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S.
officials said on Wednesday.
The strikes authorized by President Barack Obama represent
Washington's first direct military action against
Houthi-controlled targets in Yemen's conflict. The Pentagon said
initial U.S. assessments indicated the radar sites were
"These limited self-defense strikes were conducted to
protect our personnel, our ships, and our freedom of navigation
in this important maritime passageway," Pentagon spokesman Peter
Cook said. "The United States will respond to any further threat
to our ships and commercial traffic, as appropriate."
(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)