Houthis launch sea drone to attack ships hours after US, allies issue final warning

U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, who heads the Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, speaks at an event Feb. 21, 2023, at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

WASHINGTON — An armed unmanned surface vessel launched from Houthi-controlled Yemen got within a “couple of miles” of U.S. Navy and commercial vessels in the Red Sea before detonating on Thursday, just hours after the White House and a host of partner nations issued a final warning to the Iran-backed militia group to cease the attacks or face potential military action.