Houthi Rebels Fire Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile "Toward" US Arleigh-Burke Class Destroyer

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Jan 26, 2024 - 02:45 PM

In a statement on social media platform X, US Central Command said Iran-backed Houthi rebels fired an anti-ship ballistic missile "toward" the USS Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. 

"On Jan. 26, at approximately 1:30 p.m. (Sanaa time), Iranian-backed Houthi militants fired one anti-ship ballistic missile from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen toward Arleigh-Burke class destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) in the Gulf of Aden. The missile was successfully shot down by USS Carney. There were no injuries or damage reported," US Centcom wrote. 

This comes after the US-led coalition stepped up airstrikes this week to suppress rebels in Yemen from conducting drone and missile attacks on commerical vessels in the Red Sea. 

... and so much for President Biden on keeping America out of "forever wars" in the Middle East. 

Also, the president's Operation Prosperity Guardian to use America's military might in the Red Sea to shield commercial vessels from drone and missile attacks has yet to quell the violence. 

Earlier this week, the global corporate & investment banking capital markets strategy team at MUFG Bank provided clients with wonderful visualizations that show how rising geopolitical tension could jeopardize global maritime chokepoints. 

MUFG analysts show between the Suez Canal, Bab-El-Mandes, and Strait of Hormuz, about 25% of global trade (2019 figures) flows through the three areas. 

A separate report shows how Red Sea disruptions have sparked "out-of-control" commercial shipping rates that could drive the next supply-drive inflation shock

MUFG's key investment theme this year is "Higher friction geopolitics."