In this image released by the U.S. Navy, the USS Mason (DDG 87), conducts maneuvers as part of a exercise in the Gulf of Oman on Sept. 10, 2016. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Blake Midnight/U.S. Navy via AP)
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U.S.-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles destroyed three coastal radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory on Yemen's Red Sea Coast early Thursday, officials said, a retaliatory action that followed two incidents this week in which missiles were fired at U.S. Navy ships.While the U.S. military has been focused on al-Qaida in Yemen, the Houthis had not been a primary target of American forces until the missile launches from Houthi-controlled territory this week.No information on casualties from the U.S. missiles was provided by American officials. U.S. officials had said earlier that the U.S. was weighing what military response to take.Loai al-Shami, a Houthi spokesman, declined to comment immediately on the U.S. strike.Neither missile got near the ship, said a U.S. military official.That's contradicted by the U.S. Navy, which says it has intercepted several shipping boats since the war began carrying Iranian weaponry suspected to be on the way to Yemen.The U.S. moved more naval ships near the strait after an Emirati-leased Swift boat came under rocket fire near the same area and sustained serious damage.
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