Biden sent private message to Tehran amid airstrikes: ‘We’re well-prepared’

US president Joe Biden speaks to the press before flying to Camp David, on the south lawn of the White House on 13 January 2024 in Washington DC. After second night of US-UK strikes in Yemen against Iran-backed Houthis, fears of wider regional conflict grow Joe Biden said on Saturday that the United States has sent a private message to Tehran that “we’re confident we’re well-prepared”, following a second night of US and British strikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn on Saturday morning, on his way from Washington to Camp David in Maryland, the US president declined to go into further detail and switched to answering questions about the Taiwan election. His comments came after a fresh round of airstrikes hit a Houthi radar facility, raising further fears of a wider regional conflict. This came amid concerns about the world economy as well as security and civilian safety, and further backlash in the US from progressives in the Democratic party who have decried Biden’s executive decision to launch strikes on Yemen without seeking the backing of Congress. In a statement from the US military, the US Central Command said the “follow-on action” early Saturday local time against a Houthi radar site was conducted by the Navy destroyer USS Carney using Tomahawk land attack missiles. That came a day after strikes on Friday hit 28 locations and struck more than 60 targets; the US said the strikes were designed to “de-escalate tensions”. The latest strike came after the US navy on Friday warned American-flagged vessels to steer clear of areas around Yemen in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden for the next 72 hours after the initial airstrikes. The Houthi leadership, who say they are acting in solidarity with […]

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