US Strikes Yemen Sites in Retaliation for Missile Launches
The U.S. military said Thursday it struck three radar sites in Yemen in response to missile launches from territory controlled by Houthi rebels that targeted a U.S. Navy destroyer.
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook described the strikes as "self-defense" in order to protect U.S. personnel and ships.
"The United States will respond to any further threat to our ships and commercial traffic, as appropriate, and will continue to maintain our freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, the Bab al-Mandeb, and elsewhere around the world," he said.
Officials said Wednesday a missile fired in the Red Sea targeted the destroyer USS Mason, which was accompanied by the amphibious docking vessel USS San Antonio at the time. The rocket failed to reach the ships, a U.S. official who asked not to be identified told VOA.
The missile launch, the second in the past four days, was from a Houthi-controlled area, officials said. The Houthi movement in Yemen denied any involvement in the first attack on the USS Mason, a few days ago.
UN Set to Appoint New Secretary-General
The United Nations is expected to appoint former Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Guterres as Secretary-General Thursday.
U.N. General Assembly President Peter Thompson said in a statement he hopes the 193-member body will unanimously approve Guterres’s nomination after the Security Council recommended the former prime minister last week.
Should Guterres be confirmed, he will replace current Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon of South Korea at the end of 2016. Ban has held the post since being appointed in 2006.
Guterres, 67, was Portugal's prime minister from 1992 to 2002. He led the U.N. refugee agency from 2005 to 2015.
Members of the United Nations widely praised the nomination of Guterres, with Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin calling him “a great choice.“ Ban also called Guterres a “superb choice“ for secretary-general.
Guterres was one of 13 candidates who were in the running for the U.N.’s top job.