Attack on Tower 22: 3 American Soldiers Killed in Jordan

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The base known as Tower 22 is located near the demilitarized zone on the Jordan-Syria border. It is situated along a sandy berm that marks the southern edge of the DMZ, with the Iraqi border just 6 miles away. The area is called Rukban, a vast arid region that once housed a refugee camp on the Syrian side during the rise of the Islamic State group’s so-called caliphate in 2014. At its peak, over 100,000 people lived there, but the camp has since been reduced to about 7,500 people due to lack of supplies reaching there, according to United Nations estimates.

The base began as a Jordanian outpost guarding the border, but saw an increased American presence after U.S. forces entered Syria in late 2015. The small installation includes US engineering, aviation, logistics, and security troops with around 350 US Army and Air Force personnel deployed there. The location of the base offers a place for US forces to infiltrate and quietly leave Syria. A small American garrison at al-Tanf in Syria is just 12 miles north of Tower 22, along a Syrian highway leading into Iraq and eventually Mosul, once a prominent ISIS base. It is also a potential route for shipping weapons to Iran.

US troops have long used Jordan as a base point, with about 3,000 U.S. troops typically stationed in the country. However, the U.S. presence in Jordan risks angering a population that has already held massive demonstrations against Israel’s war against Hamas in the Strip of Gaza for civilian casualties in a conflict that has already killed more than 26,000 Palestinians. Estimates suggest that about 3 million of Jordan’s 11.5 million people are Palestinians. Widespread unrest could threaten the rule of King Abdullah II, a key US ally.

Jordan initially denied that the Tower 22 base existed within its border after Sunday’s attack. Since the start of this conflict, pro-Iran militias in Iraq have carried out more than a hundred attacks against US forces in Iraq and Syria, causing at least 70 injuries, mostly soldiers with traumatic brain injuries. In addition, Houthi rebels in Yemen, backed by Iran, have been attacking ships in the Red Sea and two “navy seals,” as they are known, members of the elite corps of the US Navy, died in one of them off the coast of Somalia. The attack on the base near Syria is the first in the Middle East where there have been fatalities among the US ranks.

The base, known as Tower 22, is located near the demilitarized zone on the Jordan-Syria border. It is situated along a sandy berm that marks the southern edge of the DMZ, with the Iraqi border just 6 miles away. The area is called Rukban, a vast arid region that once housed a refugee camp on the Syrian side during the rise of the Islamic State group’s so-called caliphate in 2014. At its peak, over 100,000 people lived there, but the camp has since been reduced to about 7,500 people due to lack of supplies reaching there, according to United Nations estimates.

The base began as a Jordanian outpost guarding the border, but saw an increased American presence after U.S. forces entered Syria in late 2015. The small installation includes US engineering, aviation, logistics, and security troops with around 350 US Army and Air Force personnel deployed there. The location of the base offers a place for US forces to infiltrate and quietly leave Syria. A small American garrison at al-Tanf in Syria is just 12 miles north of Tower 22, along a Syrian highway leading into Iraq and eventually Mosul, once a prominent ISIS base. It is also a potential route for shipping weapons to Iran.

US troops have long used Jordan as a base point, with about 3,000 U.S. troops typically stationed in the country. However, the U.S. presence in Jordan risks angering a population that has already held massive demonstrations against Israel’s war against Hamas in the Strip of Gaza for civilian casualties in a conflict that has already killed more than 26,000 Palestinians. Estimates suggest that about 3 million of Jordan’s 11.5 million people are Palestinians. Widespread unrest could threaten the rule of King Abdullah II, a key US ally.

Jordan initially denied that the Tower 22 base existed within its border after Sunday’s attack. Since the start of this conflict, pro-Iran militias in Iraq have carried out more than a hundred attacks against US forces in Iraq and Syria, causing at least 70 injuries, mostly soldiers with traumatic brain injuries. In addition, Houthi rebels in Yemen, backed by Iran, have been attacking ships in the Red Sea and two “navy seals,” as they are known, members of the elite corps of the US Navy, died in one of them off the coast of Somalia. The attack on the base near Syria is the first in the Middle East where there have been fatalities among the US ranks.

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