Following over three months of assaults on American forces in the Middle East, the inaugural American casualties occurred on Saturday when a drone strike targeted a U.S. base in Jordan.
Two U.S. Navy SEALs were also killed during an effort to prevent Iranian-origin munitions from reaching Houthi militants in Yemen.
A news release from U.S. Central Command stated, “On Jan. 28, three U.S. service members were killed and 25 injured from a one-way attack UAS that impacted at a base in northeast Jordan, near the Syria border.”
“As a matter of respect for the families and in accordance with DoD policy, the identities of the servicemembers will be withheld until 24 hours after their next of kin have been notified. Updates will be provided as they become available,” the release said.
CNN reported that the number of Americans injured is likely to exceed thirty.
As per CNN, the assault occurred at Tower 22 in Jordan, an establishment situated in close proximity to the Syrian frontier.
It was believed that the Syrian-based drone had been launched by a militia supported by Iran.
President Joe Biden said in a statement, “While we are still gathering the facts of this attack, we know it was carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq.”
According to Biden, the United States “will hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner our choosing.”
More than 158 attacks have been launched against American and allied forces in Iraq and Syria as of Friday. Seventy American soldiers have been injured as a result of these assaults. CNN reports that the assault on Tower 22 on Sunday was the initial occurrence of this nature since the attacks commenced in October.
The New York Times reports that an air base in Azraq, Jordan, houses approximately 2,000 personnel. Additionally, Jordan houses support personnel for an American base in Al Tanf, Syria.
Prior to the attack, General CQ Brown Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, defended the military strategy of the Biden administration in the Middle East in an interview with ABC that was pre-recorded.
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