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U.S. carries out cyber attack on Iranian warship

U.S. carries out cyber attack on Iranian warship Photo: U.S. conducted cyber operation against an Iranian warship in Red Sea (wikimedia_by_Gary Weatherston/MOD)

Recently, the United States of America carried out a cyber attack on an Iranian warship in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, which was collecting intelligence on cargo ships, reports NBC News.

Three U.S. officials told reporters the cyberattack occurred a week ago as part of Washington's response to a drone attack by Iranian-backed militants in Iraq that killed three U.S. servicemen and wounded dozens in Jordan late last month.

The article states that the operation was aimed at disrupting the ship's ability to share intelligence with the Yemeni Houthis, who have long attacked commercial vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

The article also says that the White House's National Security Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

Attack on military base in Jordan and U.S. response

On January 28, the American military base Tower 22 in Jordan was attacked by drones. According to the Pentagon, as a result of this attack, three soldiers were killed, and more than 40 American soldiers were injured.

The U.S. Defense Ministry noted that the Kataib Hezbollah group, which is supported by Iran, was involved in the attack.

In the evening of February 2, the U.S. military struck more than 85 targets in Iraq and Syria. The strikes lasted about 30 minutes and were aimed at three objects in Iraq and four in Syria.

U.S. President Joe Biden announced the start of a military operation in the Middle East in response to an attack against a base in Jordan.

U.S. operation due to Houthi attacks on ships in Red Sea

Since November of last year, attacks by the Yemeni Houthis on commercial vessels connected to Israel have been continuing in the Red Sea. In January, the terrorist group struck the biggest blow. The U.S. and British militaries repulsed the attack in the Red Sea.

In early January, the United States and Britain launched powerful strikes on targets associated with the Houthis in Yemen. This was in response to the Houthis' constant attacks on civilian vessels in the Red Sea.

On January 28, it was reported that a Houthi drone attacked a British warship in the Red Sea, and the very next day the Yemeni Houthis reported that they allegedly attacked an American destroyer. However, the Pentagon denied the militants' statement.

Before that, on February 6, it was reported that a British cargo ship was attacked by the Houthis in the Red Sea. On February 7, the Houthis launched 6 anti-ship ballistic missiles from the territory of Yemen in the direction of two commercial ships in the southern part of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. They did not damage the ships, and one of the missiles was intercepted and shot down by the U.S. military.

Two days later, the U.S. military carried out a series of strikes on Houthi cruise missiles and surface-to-air drones in Yemen.

In addition, it was previously reported that the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a shipment of weapons from Iran, which was headed for the Houthi rebels in Yemen.