US Troops in Jordan Hit by Deadly Drone Attack: Rising Tensions in Middle East
-Biden: We will respond to the attack that claimed the lives of 3 of our soldiers in the Middle East
– Calls in the US Congress to hold Iran responsible for the killing of American soldiers and to respond forcefully to the attack
-“The 3 American service members we lost were patriots in the highest sense. And their ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten by our nation,” – President Biden
– Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq is responsible for the attack on American forces in Jordan.
-🇺🇸🇯🇴 U.S. Investigating Attack in Jordan: An American official has informed Al Jazeera that efforts are underway to identify the armed group responsible for attacking U.S. forces in Jordan.
-The White House: The National Security Advisor, the Secretaries of State and Defense, the Director of the CIA and the Chief of Staff participated in briefing Biden on the attack
– U.S. President Biden and Vice President Harris were just Briefed by their National Security Team on the Drone Attack last night by Iranian-Backed Forces on several Bases in Syria and Jordan which resulted in the Death of 3 American Servicemembers and almost 50 others to be Injured; with the Participants of the Brief including National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Brown, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, Director of the CIA William Burns, United Nations Ambassador Linda Greenfield, Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer, and Chief of Staff Jeff Zients.
– The White House: A high-level meeting in Washington after the attack on American forces
– “Tower 22”, the U.S. base in NE Jordan where three American troops were just killed, overlooks a Syrian refugee camp called Rukban, where 15,000 people have been living for years. It is also near the Al-Tanf Garrison, where a couple hundred U.S. troops are based.
– Here’s a map that shows how Tower 22 is in close proximity to Tanf, Rubkan, and Iraq’s Al Waleed air base. Several Iranian backed militias operate in this space. “Area 55” is the 55 km “safe zone” around Tanf protected by US troops.
- According to Iraqi Sources, multiple Sites used by Iranian-Backed Militias and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran in Eastern Syria and Iraq are in the process of being Evacuated with Personnel and Equipment being “Scattered”.
– The One-Way “Suicide” Drone launched by Iranian-Backed Forces in Syria which Impacted the Tower 22 Patrol and Operations Base in Northeastern Jordan last night, is reported to have Struck a Tent being used as a Temporary Living Quarters by Soldiers with the U.S. Army at the Base, with this being the Primary Reason for the Significant number of Injuries.
– According to American officials: We do not believe that Iranian forces themselves launched the marching attack on the American base
– Jordanian Government: The American presence near the Jordanian border comes within the context of the cooperation agreement between the two countries
- Jordan: We will continue to cooperate with America to secure the borders and fight terrorism
– The Jordanian government: The attack that targeted Al-Tanf base this morning was on the Syrian-Jordanian border
– Jordanian government: The attack killed 3 American soldiers and injured others
-The Jordanian government: The attack that targeted an American base occurred on the Jordanian-Syrian border
– The Jordanian government: The American presence near our borders comes within the context of the cooperation agreement between the two countries
– The Washington Post, from an Islamic Resistance official in Iraq: All American interests in the region are legitimate targets
– The Pentagon: What our forces were exposed to in Jordan is a major escalation
– American official: A large drone struck the base in Jordan on the Syrian border
– Urgent | Associated Press, according to an American official: The targeted base includes American engineering, aviation, logistics and security forces
-U.S. Defense Officials have stated that the Drone Attack by Iranian-Backed Forces last night on several U.S. Bases in Syria and Jordan, including the Attack on the Tower 22 Patrol and Operations Base in Northeastern Jordan which resulted in the Death of 3 American Servicemembers, is the most Significant Escalation by Iran since at least “Operation Martyr Soleimani” the Ballistic Missile Attack by the IRGC against U.S. Forces at Al-Asad Air Base in Western Iraq on January of 2020; they further state that the U.S. and Allied Response to this Attack will “Strong and Swift” against not just Iranian-Backed Groups but also the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
– Last night, three U.S. service members were killed, and many wounded, during an unmanned aerial drone attack on our forces stationed in northeast Jordan near the Syria border.
Jill and I join the families and friends of our fallen in grieving the loss of these warriors in this despicable and wholly unjust attack.
Have no doubt: We will hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner our choosing.
– Despite reports by U.S. Defense Officials that the Drone Attack and Casualties occurred at the Tower 22 Patrol and Operations Base in Northeastern Jordan, the Jordanian Government is now claiming that the Attack only occurred on the Al-Tanf Base in Southern Syria.
– The number of U.S. Servicemembers that were Injured last night during the Drone Attack on the Tower 22 Patrol and Operations Base in Northeastern Jordan has now Risen from 25 to 34, with a Majority being Evaluated for Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs).
– BIDEN: 3 US troops killed, ‘many’ wounded in drone attack in Jordan by ‘Iran-backed’ militant groups
– A one-way drone attack occurred at a US base in Jordan, specifically targeting the Tower 22 base located in the northeastern part of the country, near the Syrian border. This attack resulted in the death of three US service members and injuries to 25 others. The extent of the injuries sustained by the 25 wounded personnel remains unspecified at this time.
– Response from US Government: President Joe Biden issued a statement, confirming that the attack was executed by “radical Iran-backed militant groups” based in Syria and Iraq. He expressed grief over the loss of the service members and ensured that the US will respond appropriately to those responsible for the attack.
– Historical Context: This incident is a part of a series of attacks that have been ongoing since at least October 2023. These attacks have targeted various US bases across the Middle East, including Iraq, Syria, and now Jordan. Prior incidents include drone strikes on the al-Tanf garrison and the al-Harir air base, among others.
– US Military in Jordan: Approximately 3,000 US troops are typically stationed in Jordan. The country’s strategic location borders Iraq, Israel, Syria, the Palestinian West Bank territory, and Saudi Arabia, making it a pivotal point for US military operations in the region
– Ongoing Developments: Discussions are expected to take place soon between the US and Iraqi governments regarding the future role of US troops in Iraq. This dialogue is likely to be influenced by the recent series of attacks, including the latest one in Jordan
– Ongoing: Investigations into the attack continue, with US and allied forces examining the implications for regional security and military strategy, especially in terms of drone warfare and base defense
Post-Attack – Memorial and Honors
– Following Days: Plans for memorials and tributes to honor the fallen service members are underway, though specific details may still be developing.
– Throughout the Day: Global media outlets report extensively on the incident, emphasizing its significance against the backdrop of the US military’s role in the Middle East and existing regional conflicts
President Biden’s Statement
– President Joe Biden releases a statement, acknowledging the attack as the work of “radical Iran-backed militant groups” in Syria and Iraq. He conveys his condolences and affirms the commitment to hold those responsible accountable
Initial Reports and Statements
– Morning: News about the drone attack starts circulating in international media.
– Afternoon: The US Central Command issues a statement confirming the attack, detailing the number of casualties and the location of the incident
– Early Hours: A drone strikes a US base in northeastern Jordan, near the Syrian border. The attack results in the death of three US service members and injuries to 25 others