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.
Biden blamed Iran-backed teams for the assault.
“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.
Not less than 34 personnel had been being evaluated for attainable traumatic mind harm, a US official instructed Reuters.
“Whereas we’re nonetheless gathering info, that is most assuredly the work of an Iranian-backed militia group,” a second official stated.
The deaths marked the primary fatalities of US troops within the area since war began in Gaza. Biden stated the assault occurred on Saturday evening.
The assault is a serious escalation of the already tense state of affairs within the Center East, the place conflict 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 line with the native well being ministry.
Whereas the US has up to now maintained an official line that Washington shouldn’t be at conflict within the area, it has made strikes towards targets of Yemen’s Houthi teams which have been attacking industrial vessels within the Crimson Sea.
“We are going to stick with it their dedication to combat terrorism. And have little doubt – we are going to maintain all these accountable to account at a time and in a fashion of our selecting,” Biden stated in his assertion launched by the White Home.