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Intel gap vexes US Navy's hunt for Houthi missile smuggling

Military officials admit the US Navy and its allies haven’t had much success interdicting the flow of advanced weapons components — warheads, computer guidance systems and the like — from Iran to the Houthis.
Huthi soldiers stand guard on a missile carrier during an official military parade marking the ninth anniversary of the Huthi takeover of the capital, Sanaa, on September 21, 2023. (Photo by MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP) (Photo by MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP via Getty Images)

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The Houthis appear to have narrowed their desultory missile and drone barrages into Red Sea shipping lanes to focus on targeting US-, UK- and Israeli-linked ships.

Pentagon officials this week were quick to take credit for a week-long lull in the Houthi attacks — the first since attacks began in November — citing repeated waves of unilateral US strikes and two rounds alongside the UK Royal Navy and Air Force.

"These strikes, from a physical standpoint, are having an impact on their ability to conduct attacks,” Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Patrick Ryder said Tuesday.

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