3 killed in drone attack on US outpost in Jordan American Republicans also want to hold those responsible accountable.
Updated as of January 29, 7:00 am: US President Biden blamed an Iranian-backed group for the attack and the killing of three US soldiers. “While we are still gathering the facts about this attack, we already know it was carried out by a radical Iranian-backed militant group operating in Syria and Iraq,” he said in Washington. Iran has denied any involvement in the attack. State news agency IRNA reported that the accusations were made with a political motive to “invert the facts in the region,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Khanani said. He stressed that opposition groups in the region had not received any instructions from Iran. “They judge their actions based on their own principles.”
Meanwhile, calls for retaliation were also heard from Republican members of the US Congress. “Now is the time to respond to attacks with purpose and determination,” Republican Senator Roger Wicker said in a statement Monday night.
Three US Soldiers Killed in Jordan: Biden Announces Retaliation
Updated as of January 29, 5:45 am: According to the White House, three US soldiers were killed in a drone strike by pro-Iranian militias in Jordan near the Syrian border. Two dozen soldiers were also injured. US President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the attack was carried out by “extremist, Iran-backed militant groups” operating in Syria and Iraq. However, they are still in the process of gathering facts about the attack. Biden threatened: “Make no doubt — we will hold accountable all those responsible at the time and in the manner we choose.”
According to US media, this is the first time US soldiers have been killed in an enemy attack in the Middle East since the Gaza war began. The security situation in the entire region remains tense due to the war that began with the Islamist Hamas attack on Israel on October 7. The United States has repeatedly stressed that it fears the ongoing conflict in the Middle East could escalate into a regional war.
Three US soldiers killed in drone strike in Jordan
AMMAN – Three US soldiers were killed in a drone attack on a small US outpost in Jordan. At least two dozen other soldiers were also injured. This is reported by the broadcaster CNN. This is the first time US soldiers have been killed in Israel since the war began.
According to official reports, the drone was shot down by Iranian-backed militias – the fire allegedly came from Syria. Meanwhile, the U.S. Central Command confirmed in a statement that three military personnel were killed and 25 wounded in a unilateral drone strike that “hit a base in northeastern Jordan.” US forces are said to be deployed as part of an advisory and support mission. It is still unclear why the US military's air defenses were unable to intercept the drone.
“Iranian-backed terrorist groups” are said to be behind the attack
Joe Biden also commented. The US president said the attack was carried out by “extremist, Iran-backed militant groups” operating in Syria and Iraq. They are still in the process of gathering facts about the attack. Biden threatened: “Make no doubt — we will hold accountable all those responsible at the time and in the manner we choose.”
Biden insisted that the United States stands together in the “war on terror.” “The American heart is heavy today,” Biden said. “These military members embody the best our nation has to offer: unwavering in their bravery,” the president continued.
Uncertainty over attack on US outpost: growing threat in Gaza conflict
US-led coalition forces shot down a drone belonging to pro-Iranian fighters near Syria's border with Jordan and Iraq, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. They tried to attack the al-Tanf military base used by US troops. The Observatory has counted more than 100 attacks on coalition bases in Syria since mid-October. US forces have occasionally struck targets of pro-Iranian militias.
It was initially unclear if there were multiple attacks on the site in a row on Sunday. news channel Al-Tachasira A Jordanian government official was again quoted as saying the US base that was hit was outside Jordan.
The killing of three Americans near the Syrian border represents a significant escalation of an already dangerous situation in the Middle East. Recent reports from the United States indicate that they do not want the already tense situation around Israel and the United States to worsen. The Gaza Strip continues to expand. (with agency materials)
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