Iran-Backed Militias Escalate Attacks on US, United Arab Emirates

Yemen’s Houthi militants have escalated ballistic missile and drone strikes on the United Arab Emirates as part of their war against the Saudi-led coalition that supports Yemen’s internationally recognized government in Yemen’s ongoing civil war.

These continuing Houthi attacks are part of a broader Iranian-orchestrated proxy shadow war against the U.S. and its allies in the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Syria, which has escalated in recent weeks.

On Monday, the UAE government announced that its armed forces had shot down two ballistic missiles targeting its capital city, Abu Dhabi, launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, a radical Shia Islamist movement backed by Iran.

The U.S. Air Force also reported that it intervened to defend against the ballistic missile attack.

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The Houthis claimed that they had targeted Al Dhafra Air Base in Abu Dhabi, which hosts roughly 2,000 American airmen serving in the U.S. Air Force’s 380th Air Expeditionary Wing. American personnel were put on a heightened state of alert and moved to security bunkers after the missile alert sounded.

Although the latest attack failed to inflict casualties, the Houthis claimed responsibility for a Jan. 17 ballistic missile, cruise missile, and drone attack on the Abu Dhabi airport and a fuel depot that killed three foreign workers.

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