Sunday’s drone strike in Jordan, which resulted in the deaths of three American soldiers and the injuries of dozens more, eluded U.S. detection due to a pre-attack misunderstanding, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal on Monday.
A drone, which was operated by militants supported by Iran, targeted the Tower 22 facility situated at the base in close proximity to the Syrian and Iraqi borders.
The Pentagon and the White House have both refrained from specifying which organization carried out the attack.
Monday, the Associated Press reported that an assessment of the situation was underway by U.S. military officials.
The successful outcome of the lethal assault can be attributed, at least in part, to a breakdown in communication during bases defense, as reported by the Journal.
“The U.S. failed to stop a deadly attack on an American military outpost in Jordan because the enemy drone approached its target at the same time a U.S. drone was also returning to base, U.S. officials said Monday,” the outlet reported.
“The return of the U.S. drone led to some confusion over whether the incoming drone was friend or foe, officials have concluded so far,” it said.
A location within Iraq, according to The Journal, has been identified as the drone attack’s origin.
“The enemy drone was launched from Iraq by a militia backed by Tehran, U.S. officials said. The outpost, Tower 22, sits in Jordan, hard on the borders of Iraq and Syria,” the report said.
The Drone Attack by Iranian-Backed Forces this weekend on the Tower 22 Patrol and Operations Base in Northeastern Jordan was Successful due to a Confusion by U.S. Air Defenses, which led them to believe an Incoming Hostile Drone was a Friendly Drone that was Returning to Base. pic.twitter.com/vT8kl3ON0M
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An effort is being made to determine whether Iran was directly culpable for the attack, according to a Pentagon official.
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