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US seeks to contain Iranian proxies as concerns about a wider Middle East war breaking out increase

Posted on AllSides January 4th, 2024
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Houthi Media Center/AP

US officials are grappling with how to respond to escalating attacks by Iran-backed proxy groups on US troops and ships in the Red Sea without sparking a broader war in the Middle East.

The US has retaliated several times to the proxy groups’ attacks, striking militants and infrastructure in Iraq and Syria and shooting down missiles and drones launched by the Houthi rebels in Yemen. US officials have also conveyed to Iran and its proxies via backchannels that the attacks must stop, and on Sunday the US killed a group of Houthi militants attempting to board and seize a commercial vessel...

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