The United States is preparing to respond after the deadly drone attack on the Jordanian base
The United States is set to carry out retaliatory strikes in the Middle East, likely against Iranian-backed militants over a drone strike on a US base in Jordan last Sunday that killed three US service members.
Dozens of other American troops were injured in a drone attack on the Burj 22 base near the Jordanian borders with Iraq and Syria. The United States says Iran is responsible for financing and arming militants, while Iran denies its involvement.
president Joe Biden He quickly warned that America would respond forcefully, escalating American involvement in the Middle East after months of trying to contain tensions from boiling over into a broader war in the region.
The latest developments
February 2, 4:09 p.m
Correction: The first round of strikes was not from the United States
Sources say the initial set of strikes in Syria did not come from the United States. US strikes are still expected.
February 2, 3:11 p.m
The blinkOn his next visit to the Middle East, to continue working to prevent a broader conflict
Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to the Middle East from Sunday to Thursday, stopping in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Israel and the West Bank.
This will be Blinken’s fifth visit to the region since October 7.
According to the State Department, one focus will be to continue working to prevent the conflict from spreading — a major concern as the United States prepares for retaliatory strikes — while “reaffirming that the United States will take appropriate steps to defend its personnel and personnel.” The right to freedom of navigation in the Red Sea.”
February 2, 2:30 p.m
Biden attends a dignified transfer ceremony for fallen soldiers
Biden joined grieving families at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, to witness the return of the remains of three Army reservists killed in Jordan.
The White House said they met with the families privately before receiving the remains.
The Pentagon identified the fallen soldiers as Sgt. and William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Georgia. Private company. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, of Waycross, Georgia. And a private company. Breonna Alexandria Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Georgia.
February 2, 1:59 p.m
What we know about the drone attack on the American base in Jordan
The United States attributed the drone attack on the American base in Jordan to the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group for Iranian-backed militias.
According to a US official, the drone that successfully struck the base was an Iranian-made Shahed drone, similar to the one used by the Russians on the battlefield in Ukraine.
Iran denied its involvement in the attack on Jordan. But President Joe Biden earlier this week criticized Iran for providing munitions and funding to these various proxy groups.
The American base is Known as Tower 22It is a major logistical center for US forces still in Syria on a mission to prevent the return of ISIS fighters. According to Central Command, there are approximately 350 US Army and Air Force personnel deployed at the base.
February 2, 1:45 p.m
The United States will have a “multi-level” response.
The Biden administration is preparing to respond in the Middle East after three American soldiers were killed and dozens wounded in a drone attack in Jordan on Sunday.
“We will have a multi-level response, and again, we have the ability to respond multiple times depending on the situation,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said. He told reporters Thursday.
The Pentagon refused to go into details about when and where the strikes would be carried out, although Austin said the goal was to weaken the capabilities of Iranian-backed militants without plunging the region into a broader war.
A US official familiar with the plan said the strikes would extend over several days and hit multiple countries including Iraq, Syria and possibly Yemen.
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