Tensions continue to build between Washington and Iran as the United States Navy positions a destroyer off the coast of Yemen.
The Pentagon is seeking to protect waterways essential for trade and security from the Houthi militia, an Iranian connected force.
The deployment comes as the Houthis have attempted to project their power in the Bab al-Mandab Strait.
Just this week, the Iranian-allied force attacked a Saudi Arabian warship killing two crew members.
In the past, this area has been patrolled by American Navy vessels, but the latest operation is part of a shift in American strategy.
U.S. officials revealed that the USS Cole will patrol the area off the southwestern coast of Yemen and escort commercial shipping vessels, indefinitely.
While Iran has been beating the war drum for years, they were not quieted with the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
In response to the recent testing of Iranian ballistic missiles, which came in defiance of the United Nations, Trump said: “Nothing is off the table.”
Iran is playing with fire – they don’t appreciate how “kind” President Obama was to them. Not me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
In addition to the naval destroyer, President Trump’s Treasury Department unveiled new sanctions Friday on some wealthy Iranians and entities connected to Iran.
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