What Was With That CNN Update Last Night: Yemen and The U.S. Buck Heads

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U.S. Navy struck Iranian-backed rebels

The Short of It:

An American Navy ship targeted three Yemen sites this morning after a U.S. warship in the Red Sea was marked by missiles.

The Longer Version of It:

The U.S. Navy ship wasn't hit by either of the two targeting missiles launched by Houthi rebels in the region, but U.S. officials are saying both incidents were deliberate attacks.

First. Let's Back it Up

If you didn't already know, a civil war erupted in Yemen last year in March, pitting the Houthi rebels against the Yemen government. The Houthis, who want the Yemen President out of power, have the support of Iran while Yemen government forces are being backed by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. The war, which initially sparked from protests by Houthi rebels who disagreed with the president's politics and wanted better representation in the country's government has turned into a proxy fight between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Both countries have struggled in recent years to flex their muscles and prove themselves as the more dominant Islamic power in the Middle East. Since the conflict's start at least 10,000 people have been reported dead and UN- led peace talks have been temporarily postponed.

That Brings Us To...

This morning, when the U.S. launched retaliatory missile strikes the three sites in the Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen. The strikes come at a time when the U.S. has taken to re-evaluating its role in the civil war and supporting Yemen in unison as Saudi Arabia after Saudi Arabia forces bombed a funeral taking place in Yemen. The attack killed 140 people and riled up various U.S. officials and human rights groups.

The Takeaway:

With various geopolitical fires to put in the Middle East, these developments in Yemen might be reason for U.S. to begin to pull out of their role in the region, especially this is one conflict U.S. had been looking to keep on the lower end of their priority ladder. The U.N. has called the region in conflict and rife with schools that are regularly bombarded as a "humanitarian catastrophe."