WASHINGTON Oct 13 U.S. military strikes against
coastal radar sites in Yemen were defensive in nature and not a
signal of a deepening U.S. role in Yemen's conflict, the
Pentagon said on Thursday.
"These strikes are not connected to the broader conflict in
Yemen. The United States continues to encourage all parties in
the Yemen conflict to commit to a cessation of hostilities and
to seek a political solution to that conflict," Pentagon
spokesman Peter Cook told a news conference.
"Our actions overnight were a response to hostile action,
the launch of multiple missiles that presented a threat to U.S.
Navy vessels, to other ships in the area and to commerce in a
strategic international waterway."
(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; Editing by Leslie