Alex Horton

Washington, D.C.

National security reporter focused on the U.S. military

Education: Georgetown University, BA in English

Alex Horton is a national security reporter for The Washington Post focused on the U.S. military. He joined The Post from Stars and Stripes and served in Iraq as an Army infantryman.
Latest from Alex Horton

Search ends for Navy SEALs lost at sea on mission to seize Iranian arms

After an exhaustive search scouring 21,000 square miles off the coast of Somalia, two Navy SEALs reported missing during the boarding of a ship carrying Iranian weapons to Houthi fighters were declared dead by the Pentagon.

January 21, 2024

U.S. forces recovered Iranian warheads in Navy SEAL mission gone awry

The Pentagon suspects the Iranian arms shipment, intercepted off Somalia, was destined for militants in Yemen blamed for attacking ships in the Red Sea.

January 16, 2024

Houthi militants strike U.S.-owned ship near Yemen, Centcom says

The attack showed that the Houthis were still able to target shipping vessels, just days after U.S.-led strikes against the group.

January 15, 2024

Search ongoing for Navy SEALs lost at sea during ship-boarding operation

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby characterized the operation as part of the U.S. military’s ongoing work to disrupt Iran’s shipment of weapons to Yemen, where the Houthis, a militant group supported by Tehran, function as the de facto government in parts of the country.

January 14, 2024

Navy SEALs lost at sea were searching for Yemen-bound weapons shipment

Military commanders dispatched the elite Navy SEALs to a ship in the Gulf of Aden that was suspected transporting Iranian-made arms to Yemen, officials said.

January 14, 2024

Navy SEALs missing at sea after ship-boarding mission off Somalia

Two members of the elite Navy SEALs went missing Thursday after attempting to board a ship in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia.

January 13, 2024

Strike on Yemen hit more Houthi sites than first disclosed, U.S. says

The Pentagon said an assessment of the U.S.-led operation, intended to thwart future Houthi attacks in the Red Sea, was ongoing.

January 12, 2024

U.S.-led coalition strikes Iran-aligned Houthi militants in Yemen

The strike in Yemen follows a surge in Houthi attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea that have wreaked havoc on the global economy.

January 12, 2024

U.S. failed to track $1 billion in Ukraine military aid, watchdog says

The Pentagon inspector general’s findings come as President Biden has urged Congress to pass a massive package of additional military aid for Ukraine.

January 11, 2024

U.S. strike in Baghdad raises specter of wider regional war

Iraq says the strike violated agreements between Baghdad and Washington. The Pentagon described it as “necessary” and “proportionate.”

January 4, 2024