A deadly drone attack on a U.S. military base in Jordan on Jan. 18, which claimed the lives of three American service members and injured dozens more, has stirred a flurry of accusations and calls for retaliation. The attack, carried out near the Syrian border, targeted a U.S. base housing American troops and personnel, marking the first instance of U.S. troop fatalities by enemy fire since October. Thirty-four American service members were also injured, AP reported.
Initial reports suggest that U.S. forces may have mistakenly identified the enemy drone as an American one, allowing it to penetrate the base unchallenged. As a U.S. drone was returning to the installation, the enemy drone approached at a low altitude, evading detection and resulting in the tragic outcome.
Following the attack, President Joe Biden condemned Iran, attributing the assault to radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq. However, Iranian officials have denied any involvement, dismissing the accusations as baseless and pointing out that regional groups do not take orders from Tehran.
John Kirby, spokesperson for the National Security Council, said on “Good Morning America” that the U.S. believes Iran has been supporting Houthi, Hezbollah and Hamas militants in the region, ABC News reported.
“We’re not looking for a broader war in the region,” Kirby said. “We certainly aren’t looking for conflict with Iran.”
He added, “But make no mistake, Iran is supporting these groups. They’re resourcing them, training them, certainly not discouraging these attacks at all.”
Still, Republican lawmakers are demanding a forceful response against Iran. Senators like Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, for example, called for immediate strikes against Iranian targets.
“I am calling on the Biden Administration to strike targets of significance inside Iran, not only as reprisal for the killing of our forces, but as deterrence against future aggression,” Graham said in a statement, CNBC reported.
“The only thing the Iranian regime understands is force. Until they pay a price with their infrastructure and their personnel, the attacks on U.S. troops will continue,” he added. “Hit Iran now. Hit them hard.”
Investigations into the drone attack continue.
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