Three U.S. service members were killed and many injured in a drone strike in Jordan, President Joe Biden said in a statement Sunday. He blamed the attack on Iranian-backed militia groups.
They were the first American deaths in months of attacks on American forces across the Middle East by Iranian-backed militias amid the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, raising the risk of escalation.
Biden said the United States will hold all those responsible accountable at a time and in a manner we choose.
There was no immediate reaction from Jordan, a kingdom that borders Iraq, Israel, the Palestinian territory of the West Bank, Saudi Arabia and Syria.
American troops have long used Jordan as a base point. Typically, about 3,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Jordan.
Since Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip began, US troops in Iraq and Syria have faced drone and missile attacks on their bases. The attack on Jordan marks the first attack against US troops in Jordan during the war.
Biden was briefed about the attack on Sunday morning, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.
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First published: January 28, 2024 | 23:15 IS