US drone strike on US base in Middle East results in the deaths of three US soldiers
A drone attack on a US base close to Jordan's border with Syria resulted in the deaths of three US soldiers and numerous injuries.
According to US President Joe Biden, "radical Iran-backed militant groups" were behind the attack. He went on, "We'll answer that."
Iran has denied having anything to do with the assault.
After Hamas's attack on Israel on October 7, this is the first time that US troops have been killed in the area by a strike.
According to Jordan, the attack happened outside of Jordan, in Syria.
The US military claims that although there have been previous attacks on US bases in the area, no one had died before Sunday.
It is unknown who is behind the most recent attack.
President Biden stated that the US "will hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner of our choosing."
Iran denied supporting extremist groups implicated in the attack, as claimed by the US and the UK.
The foreign ministry's spokesperson, Nasser Kanaani, reportedly told Tehran's official IRNA news agency, "These claims are made with specific political goals to reverse the realities of the region."
According to the White House, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and other officials briefed President Biden on the attack on Sunday morning.
"Jill and I join the families and friends of our fallen - and Americans across the country - in grieving the loss of these warriors in this despicable and wholly unjust attack," Biden said in a statement.
While authorities attempt to inform their families, the names of the servicemen who were killed and injured have not yet been made public.
During a visit to South Carolina, Mr. Biden stated, "We had a difficult day in the Middle East last night." Three courageous lives were lost.
According to US officials, some of the injured soldiers were medically evacuated from the base for additional treatment, and at least 34 military personnel were being assessed for potential traumatic brain injury.
In addition, they claim that the drone struck the living quarters, which, if true, would account for the large number of dead.
According to President Biden and US Central Command, the attack occurred on a base in northeastern Jordan, close to the Syrian border. Later, Tower 22 was the name given to it by US officials.
However, Muhannad Moubaideen, a spokesman for the Jordanian government, stated on state TV that the attack was directed towards the al-Tanf base in Syria.
US officials reported in December that since October 17th, there have been at least 97 attacks on US bases in Syria and Iraq.
Following three US servicemembers' injuries, including one critical injury, from a drone attack on a base in northern Iraq, the US launched airstrikes against groups with ties to Iran last month.
A militia leader suspected of being responsible for attacks on US personnel was killed in a retaliatory US strike in Baghdad earlier in January.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General CQ Brown, stated that America's goal in the region is to "not have the conflict broaden" in a pre-recorded interview that aired on Sunday morning with ABC News.
"The goal is to deter them and we don't want to go down a path of greater escalation that drives to a much broader conflict within the region."
Additionally, US and coalition forces are positioned in the Red Sea following the Houthis', who are backed by Iran, start of targeting commercial vessels in the area. According to the Yemen-based group, it is attacking nearby vessels in support of Palestinians in Gaza, where Israel is engaged in combat with Hamas.
In the past, the US military has declared that "these unlawful actions have nothing to do with the conflict in Gaza".
"The Houthis have fired indiscriminately into the Red Sea, targeting vessels impacting over 40 countries around the world," Centcom stated.
Following their disappearance in January during an operation off the coast of Somalia to seize Iranian-made weapons headed for the Houthis in Yemen, two Navy Seals are thought to be dead.
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