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TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) – A commander of the Yemeni coastal guards warned the US that the Yemeni forces are monitoring the sailing of the US Navy in the Red Sea and will not allow them to approach Yemeni territorial waters.

Commander of the West Coast Forces Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Qaderi warned the United States on Wednesday in an interview with Al-Masirah TV channel.

The commander said, “The Yemeni Coastal Defense has been monitoring the American forces since they entered the Suez Canal and does not allow them to approach the country’s territorial waters.”

Mohammad Al-Qaderi added, “The presence of American and Zionist regime forces in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab is provocative, and the Yemeni Navy has capabilities and surprises for the enemy that will prevent their presence.”

Al-Qaderi also pointed out that the Yemeni Navy has taken unprecedented measures to build up and develop its capabilities since the time that the temporary ceasefire began and during the time of de-escalation and has surprises for the enemy now.

In the end, he emphasized that the forces stationed on Yemen’s coasts are in full readiness to respond to any possible aggression and will not allow anyone to violate Yemen’s territorial waters.

These remarks came after the US Navy said on Monday that more than 3,000 US sailors and marines aboard two warships had reached the Red Sea.


US Forces Arrive to Support Deterrence Efforts at Strait of Hormuz Aug. 7, 2023 | By C. Todd Lopez , DOD News |   Sailors and Marines with the Navy’s Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in the Middle East yesterday as part of a pre-announced deployment to support deterrence efforts in the Strait of Hormuz and elsewhere, said Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder 

The new U.S. deployments included: 

  • Guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner
  • Amphibious assault ship USS Bataan
  • Transport ship USS Mesa Verde
  • Transport ship USS Carter Hall
  • 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (some 2,500 Marines)
  • An unspecified number of F-16 fighter jets
  • An unspecified number of advanced F-35 fighter jets


Who is Mohsen Mohammed Al- Daer

Al-Sa’adi is listed for his involvement in and leadership of Houthi naval campaigns that threaten the peace, security, and stability of Yemen, thereby meeting the criteria for designation as laid out in Paragraph 17 of Resolution 2140 (2014). Serving as the Houthi Naval Forces Chief of Staff, Al-Sa’adi masterminded lethal attacks against international shipping vessels in the Red Sea. The Houthi Naval Forces have repeatedly dispersed naval mines, which as highlighted by international human rights organizations, pose a risk to commercial, fishing, and humanitarian aid vessels. Al-Sa’adi has also helped smuggle weapons to Houthis in Yemen in violation of the targeted arms embargo as laid out in paragraph 14 of Resolution 2216.

 Al-Sharea News (Arabic) –  “The Masterminds of the Houthi Attacks” ( [Accessed on 11/Feb/22]
(“Mansour Al-Saadi and Ahmed Al-Hamzi, two mysterious characters in the Houthi air force and navy, played a pivotal role in the war in Yemen, extending its influence to threatening Saudi lands and security of the Red Sea.”)
(“Al-Saadi hides behind the nickname “Abu Sajjad,” and he is known as the Emir of the Red Sea and is primarily responsible for reshaping of a naval and coastal defense force whose mission is disturbing coalition battleships and blackmailing the international community by threatening shipping lanes.”)
– Yemeni News Agency (SABA) (Arabic) – “Qahim, Al-Mushki and Berry were briefed on the damages of the aggression in the districts of Al-Hodeidah” ( [Accessed on 11/Feb/22]
(“They were also briefed, along with members of the national team, Major General Mansour al-Saadi and Major General Muhammad al-Qadri, about the extent of the destruction inflicted on citizens’ homes, schools, hospitals and government buildings in the city of al-Durayhimi. Al-Jah district in the Bait Al-Faqih district.”)
– Asharq al-Awsat (English) –  “Death of Senior Commanders Leaves Houthis in Disarray” (…)  [Accessed on 11/Feb/22]
(Article identifies al-Saadi as a “senior leader”, but incorrectly claimed that he had been killed. States that al-Saadi is responsible for overseeing smuggling of weapons across the Yemeni coast.)
– 26 September News (Arabic) – “The Navy Celebrates the Revolution of September 21” ( [Accessed on 11/Feb/22]
(“The event was attended by the Chief of Staff of the Naval Forces Major General Mansour Al Saadi.”)

Mohsen Mohammed Al-Daeri (born 1965) is a Yemeni military officer and the minister of defense; he was appointed to this position on 28 July 2022 and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant general. He previously served as deputy head of the Yemeni military joint operations.

Military education

  • Master in Military Sciences, The Command and Staff College, Sana’a, 2000[3]
  • War College Graduate Fellowship, 2008[3]
  • Brigade Commanders Course, Thulaya Military Institute, Aden,1996[3]
  • Battalions Commanders Course, Thulaya Military Institute, Aden,1993[3]
  • Bachelor in Military Sciences, Military College, Aden,1985[3]

Main commands

  • Chief of Operations of the Air Defense Brigade, the Northwest Military Region, 2003–2010
  • Chief of Staff of the 135th Infantry Brigade, the Northwest Military Region, 2010
  • Commanders of the 122nd Infantry Brigade, Saada, 2010–2012
  • Commander of the 14th Armored Brigade, Marib, 2012–2019
  • Chief of the Staff of the Yemeni Armed Forces’ Joint Operations, 2019
  • Yemeni Defense Minister, 2022


Aerial Warfare Analysis of ACLED data reveals some key trends. Between 2015 and 2 April 2022, the Houthis engaged in nearly 1,000 rocket/missile attacks and over 350 distinct drone attacks. The number of attacks involving unguided rockets has steadily decreased, while the use of guided rockets/missiles has increased from 15% of the yearly total in 2015 to 89% in 2022. This change suggests decisive technological improvements, and it is also associated with a decrease in the lethality of such attacks. Almost all deadly rocket/missile attacks occurred between 2015 and 2019. Drone attacks, which have outnumbered rocket/missile attacks since 2019, played a key role in enabling this shift, allowing for an expansion of military targets and strengthening Houthi deterrence credentials.


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