February 24, 2024

Late last Monday, the United States and the United Kingdom carried out airstrikes on Yemen, targeting military installations in the north of the country, controlled by the Houthis. According to Britain’s Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, the airstrikes were in response to a persistent threat and were fully in line with international law. The Houthis have launched ballistic missiles and drones at Israel, prompting a multinational task force to combat the attacks. As a result, global shipping rates have surged, and the U.S. and the U.K. have compared the Houthis to Somali pirates, whom they have fought in the past. The air strikes have galvanized opposition to U.S. foreign policy across the Middle East and Yemen. The Houthis have expanded their control of Yemen and have imposed their conservative view of Islam on the local population in the areas they control. The group has been supported by Iran and Hezbollah. The Houthis were involved in a rebellion in Yemen’s northern highlands, fighting wars against the government before the Arab Spring of 2011.