Another Ship Hit By Missile In Red Sea; Former NATO Commander Warns 'Maritime Risk' Highest Ever

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Mar 15, 2024 - 07:45 PM

Iran-backed Houthi rebels have attacked more than 40 merchant vessels amid the ongoing war in Gaza and severed several undersea communication cables. The Biden administration's Operation Prosperity Guardian, a US-led naval coalition to shield commercial ships from drone and missile attacks, continues to fail as another ship was hit by a missile Friday.

"A merchant vessel has reported that they have been struck by a missile and the vessel has sustained some damage. The crew are reported safe and the vessel is proceeding to its next port of call," UK Maritime Trade Operations, a part of the navy that provides maritime, wrote on X. 

The attack on the vessel occurred around 0400 local time on Friday and 76 nautical miles west of the port city of Al Hudaydah. No details about the vessel's name or type of ship were released. 

Hours before, UKMTO reported another 'incident' 50 nautical miles southeast of Aden, Yemen. 

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden reapproved a $10 billion sanctions waiver for Iran despite the 'rogue regime' funding proxy wars across Iraq and Syria and the Red Sea against the US and allies. 

And then there's this... 

A recent interview with Adm. James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, and Goldman's Allison Nathan reveals that the world is on fire. 

"In my career, I've never seen a higher level of maritime risk than I do today. That owes first and foremost to the return of great power competition, which we thought was basically over when the Soviet Union collapsed." 

Three decades after the Cold War ended, conflicts rage across Ukraine, Gaza, the Red Sea, Myanmar, the Sahel, Sudan, and potentially Taiwan and Iran. The rules-based system of international relations modeled on America's liberal-democratic values is crumbling as the world stumbles into a nascent multipolar era.