AI Used by US Forces to Help Identify Hostile Targets in the Middle East: Report

US and UK have launched precision strikes against the Houthis and other Iranian proxies in the region


US and Britain Carrying Out New Airstrikes Against Houthis

The U.S. and Britain carried out new airstrikes targeting the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen after Friday's attack on 85 sites in Iraq and Syria.

In the latest round of airstrikes, coalition forces led by the U.S. targeted eight locations, which included underground weapons storage facilities, missile storage facilities, one-way attack unmanned aerial systems, air defense systems, radars, and a helicopter, to disrupt the capabilities of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, according to the Pentagon.

As the U.S. has ramped up retaliatory strikes against terrorist groups in the region, it is using complex artificial intelligence and machine learning to launch precision targets on enemy groups.

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"AI systems can aggregate bulk information and identify targets and locations in ways that can be more efficient than relying on traditional techniques," Steven Feldstein, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told Fox News Digital.

"Given how much digital communication is permeating our ecosystem, the ability of AI systems to sift through the digital noise and discern patterns linked to specific targets can be immensely valuable for these operations."

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The key function of this new technology enhances efficiency in locating a specific individual and the person's position.

"if given access to the right data, systems can comb through signals intelligence, social media posts, and other factors that would provide information about a target’s whereabouts, make an estimate as to the likelihood that the target currently resides in a specific location and possibly give an estimate about the potential success of a strike, what kind of strike would best accomplish the objective and potential collateral damage from such a strike," Feldstein explained.


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Houthi militants in Yemen have repeatedly attacked commercial shipping in the Red Sea in a show of solidarity with Hamas terrorists. Over 45 attacks from the Houthis on commercial and naval vessels since mid-November present a threat to the global economy and freedom of navigation and international commerce, according to a joint statement from the U.S. and its coalition allies.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Resistance of Iraq, a group of Iraq-based militia groups, has targeted U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria, with one attack killing three U.S. soldiers at a military base in Jordan Jan. 25.

"As AI tools come online that enhance this machine learning process, AI has become an element of the U.S. targeting process as well. This is a natural extension of the high-quality process U.S. intelligence and targeting officials utilize," Retired Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, senior director of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told Fox News Digital.