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Three US troops killed, 34 injured in Jordan drone strike linked to Iran

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Three U.S. service members lost their lives, and many others were wounded in a drone attack near the Syrian border in northeastern Jordan, according to President Joe Biden and U.S. officials on Sunday.

President Biden attributed the attack to Iran-backed groups, marking the first deadly assault on U.S. forces since the Israel-Hamas conflict erupted in October, causing ripple effects across the Middle East.

In a statement, President Biden stated, “We know it was carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq,” as reported by Reuters.

President Biden vowed to hold those responsible accountable, saying, “Have no doubt – we will hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner of our choosing.”

During a campaign event in South Carolina, President Biden called for a moment of silence to honor the three fallen service members and emphasized that the United States would respond.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin echoed the threat, emphasizing that the U.S. would respond to the attack.

The attack resulted in at least 34 personnel being injured, but this number is expected to change as more individuals seek medical care, according to U.S. Central Command.

Eight personnel were evacuated from Jordan for higher-level medical care and are reported to be in stable condition.

The drone struck near the barracks early in the morning, possibly explaining the high casualty count, as reported by two U.S. officials.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella organization of Iran-backed militant groups, claimed responsibility for attacks on three bases, including the one at the Jordan-Syria border.

This attack represents a significant escalation in the already tense Middle East situation, with ongoing conflicts in Gaza and previous attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria by Iran-backed groups.

Since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas conflict in October, U.S. forces have been targeted over 150 times by Iran-backed groups in Iraq and Syria, resulting in at least 70 casualties, primarily traumatic brain injuries.

Additionally, U.S. warships have faced attacks from Iran-backed Houthi forces in Yemen, who regularly target commercial ships in the Red Sea waters off Yemen’s coast, further adding to regional tensions.

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