Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told reporters yesterday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had placed about 8,500 U.S. military personnel on “a heightened preparedness to deploy” to Eastern Europe in case NATO activates its response force.
The Washington Post reports that, in another effort to stave off a Russian reinvasion of Ukraine, the Biden administration is threatening Moscow with rarely used export controls that would cripple Russian industry by inhibiting the country’s ability to import semiconductors—manufactured around the globe—that rely on American software or tools in any way.
U.S. Central Command announced yesterday that American forces at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates—with the help of Emirati armed forces—intercepted two incoming ballistic missiles early Monday morning. A Houthi military spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack, adding the Iran-backed militia will continue launching missiles “as long as attacks on the Yemeni people continue.”