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US troops killed in Jordan drone attack

It is the first time that US military personnel have died by enemy fire since the start of the Israel-Hamas war

Three US Army troops were killed and many wounded in an overnight drone attack on a US outpost in Jordan, US President Joe Biden has said, in what represents a significant escalation of simmering tensions in the Middle East.

“Last night, three US service members were killed – and many wounded – during an unmanned aerial drone attack on our forces stationed in northeast Jordan near the Syrian border,” Biden said in a statement issued by the White House on Sunday. “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.”

A press release issued by US Central Command (CENTCOM) on Sunday listed the number of American personnel injured in the attack at 25. 

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Up to this past Friday, there have been at least 158 attacks on US and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria, CNN said on Sunday. However, the vast majority have not posed a serious threat or caused major damage to infrastructure.

On this occasion, US air defenses appear to have failed to intercept the drone, which was the first in the facility, known as Tower 22, since attacks on US and coalition targets in the region escalated on October 17. US forces are stationed in the region to provide training and assistance to Jordanian troops.

“The three American service members we lost were patriots in the highest sense,” Biden said in his official statement. “And their ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten by our nation.”

The US president added: “We will carry their commitment to fight terrorism. And have no doubt – we will hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner of our choosing.”

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