Houthis Shoot Down A 4th US Reaper Drone

Yemen’s Iran-linked Houthis have announced that they have shot down yet another $30 million American military drone.

Footage is widely circulating of what appears to be the wreckage of an MQ-9 Reaper drone in Yemen, but the Pentagon has not yet confirmed.

Houthi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree described that the drone was conducing “hostile actions” over Yemen’s Marib province when it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

The Associated Press has commented of footage released by the Houthis:

The Houthis later released footage they claimed showed the surface-to-air-missile being launched at night, along with night-vision footage of the missile hitting the drone.

A man, whose voice had been digitally altered to apparently prevent identification, chanted the Houthi slogan: God is the greatest; death to America; death to Israel; curse the Jews; victory to Islam.”

Though the US had not confirmed prior shootdowns in every case, this would mark the fourth Reaper downing by the Houthis since Gaza-related hostilities began in the wake of Oct.7.

Over the last half-decade many more have been lost, in connection with the prior Saudi-US-UAE coalition war against the Yemeni rebels.

“Since the Houthis seized the country’s north and its capital, Sanaa, in 2014, the U.S. military has previously lost at least five drones to the rebels,” the AP report notes.