The New York Times quoted two American officials as saying that the US-British strikes on Yemen had a limited impact on the offensive capabilities of the…HouthisThey are still able to target ships in The Red Sea By missiles and drones.
The two American officials told the newspaper that finding targets for the Houthis has proven more difficult than expected.
They added that American and other Western intelligence agencies did not work during the past years to collect information about the Houthis’ military capabilities, including air defense systems, command centers, and missile and drone production sites.
They continued that the air strikes in Yemen damaged or destroyed about 90% of the targeted sites, but they explained that the Houthis nevertheless retain about 3 quarters of their ability to launch missiles and drones.
The New York Times indicated that the estimates of the extent of the damage to the Houthis’ military capabilities are the first detailed assessment of the strikes carried out by American and British aircraft and warships that targeted nearly 30 sites in Yemen, and said that this reveals the major challenges facing the administration of the US President. joe biden To deter the Houthis.
The newspaper reported statements by an official of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff in which he considered that the recent strikes achieved their goals of harming the Houthis’ ability to launch complex attacks with missiles and drones similar to the attack they carried out last Thursday in the Red Sea.
However, it quoted American officials as saying that although 60 missiles and drones targeted the Houthis with more than 150 guided missiles, the American and British raids only destroyed or damaged about 20% to 30% of the group’s offensive capabilities, most of which are mobile and can be hidden.