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May 20, 2024 at 2:22 AM

Sullivan, Saudi crown prince discuss 'semi-final' security deal

President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan has met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss what the kingdom describes as the “semi-final” version of a wide-ranging security agreement between the countries
May 20, 2024 at 2:22 AM
This is a locator map for Saudi Arabia with its capital, Riyadh. (AP Photo)
May 19, 2024 at 10:46 AM

Yemen's Houthi rebels launch a missile that strikes an oil tanker in the Red Sea, US military says

Yemen’s Houthi rebels hit an oil tanker in the Red Sea with a ballistic missile, damaging the Panama-flagged, Greek-owned vessel in their latest assault over the Israel-Hamas war
May 19, 2024 at 10:46 AM
This is a locator map for Yemen with its capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo)
May 18, 2024 at 10:06 AM

Yemen's Houthi rebels claim shooting down another US MQ-9 Predator drone

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have claimed the shooting-down of an American drone, hours after footage circulated online of what appeared to be the wreckage of an MQ-9 Reaper drone
May 18, 2024 at 10:06 AM
This is a locator map for Yemen with its capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo)
2 months ago

Pentagon identifies sailor who died after going missing in Red Sea

Officials say Florida sailor Oriola Michael Aregbesola is presumed dead after going missing at sea last week while stationed on the USS Mason in the Red Sea
2 months ago
San Diego, Navy pier, California, UNITED STATES - August 3, 2018: Emblem of the United States Navy isolated on a door of black car of United States Armed Forces.
2 months ago

US conducts defensive airstrikes as Houthis fire anti-ship ballistic missiles

The United States has conducted six defense strikes and fired 18 anti-ship missiles in Yemen after the Houthis fired two anti-ship ballistic missiles into the Red Sea.
2 months ago
An aerial view of the Barbados-flagged ship True Confidence ablaze following a Houthi missile attack at sea, March 6, 2024, in this handout photo.
2 months ago

Large-scale attack by Houthi rebels thwarted by US and allies

The U.S. and its allies thwarted a large-scale attack by the Houthi rebels on Saturday targeting ships in the Red Sea, the U.S. military said.
2 months ago
VIDEO: Large-scale attack by Houthi rebels thwarted by US and allies
2 months ago

Houthi missile attack in the Red Sea kills 3

The latest Houthi air strike on a commercial vessel in the Red Sea resulted in three fatalities and multiple injuries.
2 months ago
VIDEO: Houthi missile attack in the Red Sea kills 3
2 months ago

Sailors killed in Houthi missile attack

Iran-backed Houthi militants killed three sailors aboard a Barbadian and Liberian cargo ship on Wednesday, the first fatal strike on a commercial vessel since the militants began their attacks.
2 months ago
VIDEO: Sailors killed in Houthi missile attack
2 months ago

Houthi strike kills 3 on cargo carrier as group continues shipping lane attacks: US

Iran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen killed three civilians aboard a Barbadian and Liberian cargo carrier on Wednesday, according to U.S. officials
2 months ago
Houthi fighters shout slogans while attending a funeral for comrades at a mosque in Sana'a, Yemen, on March 5, 2024.
3 months ago

Ship attacked by Houthi rebels sinks in Red Sea

A Belize-flagged and U.K.-owned commercial ship carrying more than 20,000 metric tons of fertilizer has sunk in the Red Sea after being attacked by Houthi rebels.
3 months ago
VIDEO: Ship attacked by Houthi rebels sinks in Red Sea
3 months ago

US, UK launch new round of joint strikes against Houthis militants

Over the weekend, the U.S. and U.K. launched yet another round of joint strikes, hitting 18 Houthis targets, including underground weapon facilities, missiles, drones and radar.
3 months ago
VIDEO: US, UK launch new round of joint strikes against Houthis militants
3 months ago

Airstrikes on Houthi target in Yemen

The U.S. launched more airstrikes in the Middle East as 18 Houthi targets were hit overnight, officials said.
3 months ago
VIDEO: Airstrikes on Houthi target in Yemen
3 months ago

US launches new strikes on Houthi fighters in Yemen amid continued Middle East unrest

A U.S. led coalition of countries on Saturday carried out a new round of strikes on the Houthis in Yemen, officials said
3 months ago
A fighter jet is shown in an undated photo released by U.S. Central Command in announcing strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen, Feb. 24, 2024.
3 months ago

ABC News Exclusive: Joint Chiefs chairman says US goal in Red Sea is deterrence

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. CQ Brown defends U.S. strategy against the Houthis, saying goal is deterrence.
3 months ago
ABC News' Martha Raddatz interviews Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
3 months ago

A rare tour of a US warship launching strikes against the Houthi rebels

ABC News’ Britt Clennett toured the USS Eisenhower in the Red Sea, a critical shipping channel, as it launches near-daily preemptive strikes on Houthi targets.
3 months ago
VIDEO: A rare tour of a US warship launching strikes against the Houthi rebels
3 months ago

Escalating Houthi attacks could affect 90% of world trade

ABC News’s Linsey Davis spoke with maritime expert Ian Ralby, Ph.D. about disruptions to commerce and regional security following Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
3 months ago
VIDEO: Escalating Houthi attacks could affect 90% of world trade
3 months ago

How Red Sea attacks affect the economy

Continued attacks in the Red Sea could lead to economic impacts – and could affect the supply chain and oil prices.
3 months ago
VIDEO: How Red Sea attacks affect the economy
3 months ago

Houthis shoot down US MQ-9 Reaper drone flying near Yemen

It's the second American drone downed by the Iran-backed militants.
3 months ago
A still image taken of video released by Houthis of what they say is the downing of a U.S. drone off Yemen, Feb. 19, 2024.
3 months ago

Unmanned Houthi submarines pose new threat to US warships in Red Sea

The Iran-backed group attacked with one for the first time on Sunday.
3 months ago
Fighter jets are parked on the deck of the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower, also known as the 'Ike', on the south Red Sea, Feb. 12, 2024.
3 months ago

What it's like aboard a US warship on the Red Sea front lines: Reporter's notebook

This is the front line of the United States and its allies' response to attacks here in the Red Sea by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.
3 months ago
A F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet is catapulted off the flight deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) aircraft carrier in Southern Red Sea, Middle East, Feb. 13, 2024.
3 months ago

US military strikes targeting Houthi rebels are weaking their capabilities

ABC News’ Britt Clennett got an inside look at the operations aboard the USS Eisenhower positioned in the Red Sea.
3 months ago
VIDEO: US military strikes targeting Houthi rebels are weaking their capabilities
3 months ago

US responds to attacks in Red Sea

ABC News’ Britt Clennett joins from the USS Eisenhower. Later, Ian Ralby, CEO of I.R. Consilium, joins ABC News Live to discuss the economic impact of shipping threats in the Red Sea.
3 months ago
VIDEO: US responds to attacks in Red Sea
3 months ago

US airstrike in Baghdad kills militia leader behind attacks on American forces

The U.S. carried out an airstrike in Baghdad on Wednesday targeting a leader of an Iran-backed militia in Iraq that was blamed for attacks on U.S. forces
3 months ago
Fighters lift flags of Iraq and paramilitary groups, including al-Nujaba and Kataib Hezbollah, during a funeral in Baghdad for five militants killed a day earlier in a US strike in northern Iraq, Dec. 4, 2023.
3 months ago

Biden aides meeting with Muslim, Arab leaders amid their outcry over Israel stance

President Joe Biden’s senior aides plan to meet with Muslim and Arab American leaders in Michigan on Thursday as he continues to face criticism over the Israel-Hamas war
3 months ago
Supporters of the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank hold Palestinian flags at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 4, 2024.
3 months ago

Latest on US airstrikes in Middle East

ABC News senior White House correspondent Selina Wang discusses the latest on the U.S. and U.K. led air strikes against Iran-backed Houthie Militants in Yemen over the weekend.
3 months ago
VIDEO: Latest on US airstrikes in Middle East
3 months ago

US launches series of strikes against targets in Syria and Iraq

The strikes are aimed at deterring further attacks from Iranian-backed militias that are targeting the U.S. military and ships traveling the Red Sea.
3 months ago
VIDEO: US launches series of strikes against targets in Syria and Iraq
3 months ago

White House promises to take 'more action' against Iran-backed militants

The White House says the U.S. will take "more action" against Iran-backed militants in response to last week's deadly drone attack in Jordan.
3 months ago
VIDEO: White House promises to take 'more action' against Iran-backed militants
3 months ago

White House vows more retaliation for drone attack that killed 3 US soldiers

The United States on Friday began airstrikes against Iran-backed militants and military targets in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for the Jan. 28 drone attack on an American base in Jordan.
3 months ago
VIDEO: The United States on Friday began airstrikes against Iran-backed militants and military targets in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for the Jan. 28 drone attack on an American base in Jordan
4 months ago

US plans more military action against militants

A White House advisor says "this was the beginning of our response." ABC News' James Longman reports.
4 months ago
VIDEO: US plans more military action against militants
4 months ago

‘There will be more action’ in response to the killing of 3 US troops: Sullivan

George Stephanopoulos interviews White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on “This Week.”
4 months ago
VIDEO: 1-on-1 with Jake Sullivan
4 months ago

US launches strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen

ABC News’ Marcus Moore reports on the latest in the U.S. airstrikes on “This Week.”
4 months ago
VIDEO: US launches strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen ABC News’ Marcus Moore reports on the latest in the U.S. airstrikes on “This Week.”
4 months ago

US plans 'more action' after Middle East strikes in response to killing of 3 troops

The U.S. will take "more action" against Iran-backed militants after a drone attack on an American base in Jordan, the White House's national security adviser said
4 months ago
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan attends a session during the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 16, 2024.
4 months ago

US strikes overnight on Houthi rebels in Yemen

National security council coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby joins “GMA” to discuss the airstrikes by the U.S. and U.K. that hit at least 30 targets in Yemen.
4 months ago
VIDEO: US strikes overnight on Houthi rebels in Yemen
4 months ago

Airstrikes target Houthis in Yemen overnight

The U.S. and the U.K. launched another round of airstrikes in the Middle East, targeting Houthis in Yemen with the aim of defending lives and vital shipping lanes in the Red Sea.
4 months ago
VIDEO: Airstrikes target Houthis in Yemen overnight
4 months ago

US and UK lead new large-scale airstrikes against targets in Yemen

At least 36 strikes in 13 locations were launched in response to Iranian-backed Houthi drones and missiles threatening international ships in the region.
4 months ago
VIDEO: US and UK lead new large-scale airstrikes against targets in Yemen
4 months ago

US launches retaliatory airstrikes in Syria and Iraq

Iran-backed militias and Iranian military units in Iraq and Syria were targeted.
4 months ago
Iran-backed militias and Iranian military units in Iraq and Syria were targeted.
4 months ago

US launches retaliatory airstrikes in Syria and Iraq

The U.S. hit 85 targets after a drone attack killed three U.S. service members.
4 months ago
VIDEO: US launches retaliatory airstrikes in Syria and Iraq
4 months ago

US retaliates after deadly drone attack in Jordan

U.S. officials said retaliatory U.S. airstrikes began Friday in Syria and Iraq for the deadly drone strike that killed three American soldiers and wounded at least 47 other service members.
4 months ago
VIDEO: US retaliates after deadly drone attack in Jordan
4 months ago

US retaliates against Iran-backed militants

Our panel reacts to rising tensions in the Middle East and later, the closing arguments in the Jennifer Crumbley case.
4 months ago
VIDEO: US retaliates against Iran-backed militants
4 months ago

Breaking down the US retaliation in Middle East

ABC News' Stephanie Ramos spoke with ABC News contributor Colonel Steve Ganyard about the U.S. military’s retaliatory strikes against Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria.
4 months ago
VIDEO: Breaking down the US retaliation in Middle East
4 months ago

Biden's retaliatory strikes come with significant political risk: Experts

The death of 3 U.S. service members is forcing President Joe Biden to weigh military action that could carry risks of escalation and heavy political consequences.
4 months ago
President Joe Biden gives remarks during the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Statuary Hall in the Capitol on Feb. 1, 2024 in Washington, DC.
4 months ago

Tensions run high as US attacks Iran-backed militants after drone attack on trooops

The U.S. has carried out a series of strikes against Iran-backed militants and Iranian military targets in Iraq and Syria and retired Army General Joseph L. Votel discusses the strikes.
4 months ago
VIDEO: Tensions run high as US attacks Iran-backed militants after drone attack on troops
4 months ago

US officially blames Iran-backed group for drone strike, clearing way for retaliation

Officials say to expect a series of U.S. strikes against multiple targets.
4 months ago
President Joe Biden speaks at an event in Columbia, S.C., on Jan. 27, 2024.
4 months ago

US begins retaliatory military strikes in Syria and Iraq

The Biden administration is responding to drone attacks by an Iran-backed militia that killed three U.S. soldiers.
4 months ago
VIDEO: US begins retaliatory military strikes in Syria and Iraq
4 months ago

Fallen servicemembers killed in drone strike to land back on US soil

The bodies of Sgt. Kennedy Sanders, Breonna Moffett and Sgt. William Rivers will arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for a dignified transfer, greeted by their families and President Joe Biden.
4 months ago
VIDEO: Fallen servicemembers killed in drone strike to land back on US soil
4 months ago

Pentagon defends delay in US retaliatory strikes for drone attack

The drone militants fired at a U.S. base was Iranian-made, a U.S. official said.
4 months ago
This handout picture taken on Jan. 12, 2024, shows a fighter jet taking off from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower during flight operations in response to increased Iranian-backed Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea.
4 months ago

Pentagon plans retaliatory strikes after drone attack on Jordan base

A U.S. official says things are still tense at the White House, citing security concerns.
4 months ago
VIDEO: Pentagon plans retaliatory strikes after drone attack on Jordan base
4 months ago

US responds to new threats in Middle East

U.S. Central Command said unmanned aerial vehicles and a ground control station run by the Iranian-backed rebel group presented an "imminent threat to merchant vessels and the US Navy."
4 months ago
VIDEO: US responds to new threats in Middle East
4 months ago

US shoots down missile posing ‘imminent threat’ to US aircraft

The United States conducted self-defense strikes in Yemen on a Houthi drone ground control station and 10 one-way drones.
4 months ago
VIDEO: US shoots down missile posing ‘imminent threat’ to US aircraft
4 months ago

US IDs group responsible for Jordan base attack

The Pentagon is readying a counterattack against the Iranian-backed militants.
4 months ago
VIDEO: US IDs group responsible for Jordan base attack