Three US Troops Killed In Drone Attack
The U.S. military has reported that at least 30 personnel were injured in a drone attack that also left three others dead.
Three U.S. troops were killed in a drone attack in Jordan near the border of Syria, where Iran’s military has carried out more than 150 attacks on bases hosting U.S. troops in recent months.
President Joe Biden condemned the attack and blamed it on radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq. The White House said Biden was briefed Sunday morning on the attack by U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and other officials.
“We lost three brave soldiers in an attack on one of our bases,” Biden said. “And I’m asking for a moment of silence for all three of our fallen soldiers. We will carry on their commitment to fight terrorism. And have no doubt, we will hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner of our choosing.”
Last night, three U.S. service members were killed, and many wounded, during an unmanned aerial drone attack on our forces stationed in northeast Jordan near the Syria border.
Jill and I join the families and friends of our fallen in grieving the loss of these warriors in this…
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According to the Department of Defense, a U.S. official said the attack occurred at an outpost known as Tower 22, where about 350 US Army and Air Force personnel are deployed.
The official also noted that the victims were in their sleeping quarters on the base when the attack occurred in the early hours. The U.S. Central Command is withholding the names of the victims until their family members have been notified.
According to CNN, the attack happens to be the first to impact Tower 22 in Jordan, where the U.S. forces have been advising and assisting Jordan troops since the attacks on U.S. and coalition bases began.
Daily Caller reports that the primary groups behind the attacks stated that they want to punish the U.S. for supporting Israel as it seeks to eliminate the Hamas terrorist group from Gaza.
However, Iran denied U.S. and British accusations that it supported militant groups blamed for the strike.
“These claims are made with specific political goals to reverse the realities of the region,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said.
In an interview with ABC News, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. CQ Brown said that America’s aim in the region is to prevent the conflict from escalating.
“The goal is to deter them and we don’t want to go down a path of greater escalation that leads to a much broader conflict within the region,” Brown said.