Three U.S. soldiers were killed in a drone attack on a military base in Jordan, the U.S. Army confirmed. The attack occurred on January 28, resulting in the deaths of three soldiers and injuries to 25 others. The base was located in northeastern Jordan, near the Syrian border, according to a statement from US Central Command.
In response to the deaths of the soldiers, President Joe Biden expressed a threat of retaliation in Jordan, stating, “Let there be no doubt. We will hold those involved accountable at the time and in the manner we choose.”
The attack represents an escalation in the tense situation in the Middle East, particularly amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the militant group Islamist in the Gaza Strip. The drone was reportedly used by pro-Iran militants.
Biden attributed the attack to militants backed by Iran and stated that U.S. authorities are actively gathering information about the incident. He was briefed by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, national security adviser Jake Sullivan, and principal deputy national security adviser Jon Finer while in Columbia, South Carolina.
There has been no immediate reaction from Jordan, a kingdom that shares borders with Iraq, Israel, the Palestinian territory of the West Bank, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. Approximately 3,000 American troops are typically stationed in Jordan, which has been used as a base for U.S. troops for an extended period.
The attack took place in northeastern Jordan near the border with Syria. Jordanian state television quoted government spokesman Muhannad Mubaidin as claiming that the attack occurred outside the kingdom, across the border, in Syria. However, these conflicting reports have not been reconciled.
As of Friday, there had been more than 158 strikes against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria. However, officials have described the constant barrage of drones, rockets, and missiles as ineffective, as they have often not caused serious injuries or damage to infrastructure.
It remains unclear why air defenses failed to intercept the drone, which appears to be the first known attack on Tower 22 since attacks on U.S. and NATO forces began. The U.S. forces at the outpost are part of an advisory mission.
The information in this article was sourced from AP and AFP.
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