U.S. Defends Against Missile, Drone Attacks

October 19, 2023

The crew of the guided missile destroyer, USS Carney, operating in the northern Red Sea earlier today shot down 3 land-attack cruise missiles and several drones launched by Houthi forces in Yemen.

Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder detailing several attacks across the Middle East, including missiles fired from Yemen. The Pentagon reiterated the desire for de-escalation in the region.

Important news from today’s press briefing at the Pentagon:

Missiles launched from Yemen, heading north along the Red Sea, potentially towards Israel: “This attack maybe ongoing.”

Several drone attacks against U.S. facilities in Iraq and Syria; the Pentagon provided details on these three:

1. Syria (October 18th): U.S. & Coalition forces engaged one drone; another drone crashed into the base, “resulting in minor injuries to coalition forces.” Later in the briefing, Brig. Gen. Ryder said those impacted by minor injury returned to work quickly.

2. Iraq – Al-Asad Air Base (October 18th): Early warning alarms alerted personnel who took shelter (though no attack occurred). One U.S. contractor died after a “cardiac episode”; we do not have a confirmed identity, citizenship, or gender of the U.S. contractor.

3. Iraq (October 17th): U.S. military forces “defended” against 3 drones. 2 drones engaged near Al-Asad Air Base causing minor injury to forces. Another drone struck near the Bashir Air-Base; no injuries or damage

Important Context: The Pentagon did not specifically point to Iran as to blame for these efforts. However, Iran supports Houthi rebels in Yemen’s ongoing civil war – supplying weapons and money. Iran drone technology has also previously been used by suspected Iran-backed groups in Iraq and Syria, as well as provided to Russia for use in Russia’s war on Yemen.

US Navy warship in Red Sea intercepts three missiles, several drones heading north out of Yemen


by Jenna Lee,