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U.S. warship in the Red Sea shoots down attack drones fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels
The United States Navy guided-missile destroyer Thomas Hudner has reportedly shot down multiple attack drones launched from areas of Yemen controlled by the Houthis.
U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) announced the interception of the “multiple one-way attack drones” on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 22, noting that this is the second time that the Thomas Hudner was able to shoot down drones launched from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen, with the first incident being on Nov. 15. (Related: Yemen’s Houthi rebels join war against Israel to protect Palestinians in Gaza.)
The Thomas Hudner shot down the attack drones on Wednesday while on patrol in the Red Sea as part of the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, most of which is currently deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean as part of the U.S. Armed Forces’ response to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas and other Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip.
CENTCOM’s statement regarding the intercept incident was very brief, only adding that neither the ship nor the crew sustained any damage or injury from the interception. It also remains unclear if the attack drones were targeting the Thomas Hudner or, like previous Houthi drone strikes, if the drones were heading for southern Israel.
The Houthis have been participating in the conflict between Israel and Gaza since late October, when it first launched a barrage of missiles and drones for southern Israel. Since then, the Houthis have announced themselves to be part of an “axis of resistance”
On the same day that the Thomas Hudner intercepted the attack drones, Israel announced that it had thwarted several cruise missiles heading for the country’s south. These cruise missiles were reportedly heading toward different military targets. Houthi leadership later claimed responsibility for this attempted cruise missile strike.
A Houthi spokesperson later claimed that the rebel group will continue carrying out military operations against Israel until Israeli violence against the people of Palestine in both Gaza and the West Bank ceases. The Houthis have even vowed to continue attacking any ship that passes through the Red Sea and is in any way affiliated with Israel.
On Sunday, Nov. 19, the Houthis captured the Galaxy Leader, an Israel-linked cargo ship, and have taken the ship’s 25 international crewmembers hostage. The Israeli military described this seizure as a “very grave incident of global consequence.” A U.S. military spokesperson said it was a “flagrant violation of international law.”
The Houthis’ vow to continue participating in the conflict comes as the Department of Defense announces how U.S. forces deployed in the region have been attacked 66 times since Oct. 17. During this time, more than 60 U.S. military personnel have been injured by these attacks, including several very serious injuries.
The U.S. has since retaliated, including conducting a targeted strike on alleged weapons facilities in Syria linked to Iranian-backed groups and several other strikes on positions held by Hezbollah-aligned militias just south of Baghdad in Iraq.
Watch this video featuring footage of the Houthis’ recent operation to seize a cargo ship linked to an Israeli corporation.
U.S. troops in Middle East were attacked on Thanksgiving Day
On Thanksgiving Day, the United States and coalition forces stationed in Iraq and Syria encountered a series of four distinct attacks.
American troops have been looking forward to turkey and football, but Iran-backed militias had other things in mind. The morning assaults included the launch of multiple one-way attack drones directed at troops stationed at Al-Asad Airbase. (Related: Repeated attacks by Iranian-backed militants on U.S. troops in the Middle East increase tension between Washington and Tehran.)
Simultaneously, Erbil Airbase in Iraq faced an attack from a similar one-way attack drone. Additionally, forces at Mission Support Site Euphrates in Syria experienced a barrage of rockets.
Later in the day, another one-way attack drone targeted forces at Mission Support Site Green Village in Syria. These incidents unfolded in the aftermath of an attack on Erbil Airbase the day before.
Despite the intensity of the attacks, the official reported no casualties or infrastructure damage resulting from any of the incidents.
The Thanksgiving Day assaults bring the tally to at least 73 attacks against U.S. and coalition forces since October 17.
These recent escalations followed a U.S. airstrike on Nov. 21 conducted by U.S. Central Command, which targeted two facilities used by the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah group in Iraq.
This strike was a direct response to a series of attacks against U.S. and coalition forces, including one that involved close-range ballistic missiles.
The targeted facilities, situated near Al Anbar and Jurf al Saqr in Iraq, were allegedly employed by Kataib Hezbollah to facilitate recent attacks on US and coalition bases in both Iraq and Syria.
The aftermath of the U.S. strikes resulted in at least eight reported casualties among Kataib Hezbollah fighters, with four others sustaining injuries, according to an official statement from the group.
These recent developments constitute the fourth instance of the U.S. conducting strikes against targets affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps since the commencement of attacks on October 17.
Despite ongoing provocations, the Pentagon asserts that its actions are part of a successful deterrence strategy, preventing the escalation of the conflict beyond the attacks on U.S. forces.
Pentagon spokesperson Singh said: “We feel that deterrence is working. We have not seen this war spread into a wider regional conflict.”
Earlier, the Harir base near Erbil Airport in northern Iraq where U.S. troops are stationed was attacked by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, a network of shadow Iraqi militia groups backed by Iran and affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
CBS News reported that several U.S. troops were wounded in an attack on the Al-Asad Airbase.
In late October, President Biden warned Iran’s supreme leader of a response at a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at the White House.
“My warning to the Ayatollah was that if they continue to move against those troops, we will respond. And he should be prepared.”
But these attacks are nothing new under Biden.
Iranian-backed proxies “have attacked U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria at least 150 times since President Joe Biden took office,” two US defense officials told Voice of America (VOA) last week.
More than a third of those attacks took place after the barbaric attack on Israel by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. U.S. troops suffered casualties.
“Most of the attacks since October 17 were disrupted by the U.S. military or failed to reach their targets, causing no casualties or damage to infrastructure, according to the military,” VOA reported. “But a handful of attacks have left more than 60 U.S. military personnel with injuries, ranging from shrapnel wounds to perforated eardrums and traumatic brain injuries. Officials say all of the injured have returned to duty.”
Watch this video that talks about how the Biden administration is divided over its response to Iran following the series of attacks against U.S. troops in the Middle East.
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The head of the Department of Defense‘s (DoD) education division has been arrested, alongside several others, in a human trafficking sting in Georgia.
Stephen Hovanic was among the 26 individuals arrested during a two-day sting organized by the sheriff’s offices of Coweta County and Haralson County, both in the Peach State. The 64-year-old Hovanic, who serves as the DoD’s chief of staff of education activity, was arrested on Nov. 15. He was arrested on suspicion of pandering – convincing another person to enter the sex trade.
A booking photo shared by the Daily Caller matched his official biography in the DoD Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas website. Both images show a distinctive scar across the chin, further confirming his identity. The two-day sting not only resulted in Hovanic’s arrest, but also in the rescue of six human trafficking victims.
Hovanic’s career history includes roles as a high school vocational teacher, coach and school administrator in Virginia. He joined the DoDEA Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools system in 1996 and served in various positions – including as an assistant principal, and later as principal. His tenure as DoD chief of staff of education activity began in 2010, as per his LinkedIn profile.
“The Biden administration has not yet released an official statement regarding Hovanic’s arrest,” YourNews wrote. “This incident has brought to light serious concerns within the DoD’s educational system, spotlighting the need for stringent measures to prevent such illicit activities.”
Hovanic’s arrest came days before a former Democratic mayor in Maryland was sentenced for a far more heinous crime – child pornography.
Patrick Wojahn, former mayor of the city of College Park in Maryland, was slapped with a 150-year jail sentence on Nov. 20. During a press briefing that followed the sentencing hearing, Maryland Assistant State’s Attorney Monica Meyers said investigators found videos and images of child abuse on Wojahn’s mobile phone alone. Of the more than 500 children recorded being abused on the device, 52 of them were identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Wojahn was indicted on “possession, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of material that exploits children – a mixture of misdemeanors and felonies with maximum penalties ranging from five to 10 years’ incarceration.”
Despite the heinous nature of the crime, Prince George’s County Circuit Judge Karen Mason suspended Wojahn’s sentence down to 30 years. She warned, however, that Wojahn could serve the remaining 120-year sentence in prison the moment he violates the conditions of his five-year parole.
Under Maryland law, “nonviolent” are eligible for parole after serving one-fourth of their sentence – which amounts to seven-and-a-half years. However, upon release, Wojahn must still undergo five years of supervised probation and register as a sex offender.
The now-convicted mayor was reportedly mentored by incumbent Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. The two met back in 2015 after Wojahn was elected mayor that year, with the former South Bend, Indiana mayor taking him under his wing. Wojahn stepped down from his position in March after he was arrested and indicted over the charges.
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Watch this short film about human trafficking by independent journalist Liz Crokin.
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Hamas releases 24 hostages in exchange for 39 Palestinian women and children unlawfully imprisoned by Israel
On the first day of the temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group in Gaza has agreed to release 24 hostages in exchange for 39 Palestinian women and children unlawfully imprisoned by Israel.
The temporary ceasefire, whose first day began at 7 a.m. local time on Friday, Nov. 24, was the result of weeks of negotiations between Israel and Hamas and brokered by other nations like Egypt and Qatar.
The 24 hostages transferred out of Gaza include 13 Israeli women and children, 10 Thai farm workers and one Philippine caregiver. They were transferred first into the custody of Egyptian authorities at the Rafah border crossing, where their health was monitored by staff members from the International Committee of the Red Cross. (Related: Israel approves MULTI-DAY CEASEFIRE DEAL: Hundreds of imprisoned Palestinian women and children to be released in exchange for 50 Israeli hostages.)
Some of the Israeli hostages are dual citizens, including four children accompanied by four other members of their respective families. The remaining five Israelis are elderly women. They were transferred from the care of Egyptian authorities into Israeli custody and underwent medical assessment inside Israeli territory before being reunited with their families.
“I miss her very, very much, I want her to be back already,” said Corinne Moshe, daughter-in-law of 72-year-old hostage Adina Moshe, who was among the first to be released. She said her husband and his siblings met their mother at the hospital when she was released. “I want to have dinner with her and the entire family again.”
In exchange for the release of the 24 hostages, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also agreed to release 39 Palestinians – 24 women and 15 children – it has unlawfully detained in Israeli jails.
“We have just completed the return of the first batch of our hostages. Children, their mothers and other women. Each and every one of them is a world in itself,” said Netanyahu. “But I stress to you, the families, and to you, citizens of Israel: We are committed to returning all our hostages.”
Over 200 hostages are still held in the custody of Hamas, and hundreds more Palestinian men, women and children alike – mostly from the occupied West Bank – continue to languish under unlawful detention in Israeli jails.
Netanyahu’s office has confirmed that the temporary ceasefire could be extended if more hostages are released. But his government has vowed to resume the offensive once the truce ends, supposedly to wipe out Hamas.
Nevertheless, other nations are optimistic that this temporary ceasefire and the limited hostage and prisoner swap could be the foundation for a more long-term ceasefire in Gaza – and possibly even a lasting peace in Israel and Palestine.
President Joe Biden himself said there was a real chance of extending the truce and that the pause in fighting was a critical opportunity to get more humanitarian aid into Gaza. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who commented because four of the Israelis who were released were dual citizens of Germany, expressed the need for the ceasefire to “last as long as possible.”
Watch this episode of “Brighteon Broadcast News” as Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, discusses the temporary ceasefire and hostage swap between Israel and Hamas.