WASHINGTON: Three US service members had been killed and dozens wounded throughout an unmanned aerial drone assault on US forces stationed in northeastern Jordan close to the Syrian border, President Joe Biden and US officers stated on Sunday (Jan 28).
Biden blamed Iran-backed teams for the assault, the primary lethal strike towards US forces since the Israel-Hamas war erupted in October, sending shock waves all through the Center East.
“Whereas we’re nonetheless gathering the info of this assault, we all know it was carried out by radical Iran-backed militant teams working in Syria and Iraq,” Biden stated in a press release.
“Have little question – we are going to maintain all these accountable to account at a time and in a fashion of our selecting,” he stated.
Biden later requested for a second of silence for the three killed service members throughout a marketing campaign occasion in South Carolina, including: “We will reply.”
US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin echoed that risk. He and different senior officers briefed Biden earlier within the day on the assault.
At the very least 34 personnel had been injured within the assault, however that quantity is anticipated to vary as extra individuals search care, in keeping with a press release from US Central Command. Eight personnel had been evacuated from Jordan for higher-level care, however are in steady situation.
Two US officers stated the drone struck close to the barracks early within the morning, which might clarify the excessive variety of casualties.
The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of hardline Iran-backed militant teams, claimed assaults on three bases, together with one on the Jordan-Syria border.
The assault is a significant escalation of the already tense scenario within the Center East, the place warfare broke out in Gaza after Palestinian militant group Hamas’ assault on Israel on Oct 7 which killed 1,200 individuals. Israel’s subsequent assault on Gaza has killed over 26,000 Palestinians, in keeping with the native well being ministry.
Since then, US forces have come below assault greater than 150 occasions by Iran-backed teams in Iraq and Syria, inflicting at the least 70 casualties previous to Sunday’s assault, most of them traumatic mind accidents. US warships have additionally been fired at by Iran-backed Houthi forces in Yemen, who’re usually attacking business ships passing by way of Crimson Sea waters off Yemen’s coast.
Whereas the US has to date maintained an official line that Washington is just not at warfare within the area, it has been retaliating towards the Iran-backed teams in Iraq and Syria and finishing up strikes towards Yemen’s Houthi navy capabilities.