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US Base in the Middle East Hit by Drone Strike, Resulting in the Death of Three US Troops

Three US soldiers lost their lives, and numerous others were injured in a drone attack on a US base near Jordan’s border with Syria. US President Joe Biden attributed the attack to “radical Iran-backed militant groups” and pledged a response. This incident marks the first time since Hamas’s October 7 attack on Israel that US troops have been killed in the region. Jordan claims the attack occurred in Syria, not within its borders. The identities of the casualties have not been released. President Biden stated that the US will hold those responsible accountable in a manner and time of their choosing. The drone strike targeted living quarters, potentially explaining the high casualty count. Conflicting information exists about the exact location, with US officials citing northeastern Jordan, near the Syrian border, and Jordanian authorities mentioning the al-Tanf base in Syria. The attack raises concerns and pressures on the Biden administration, with at least 34 military personnel being evaluated for possible traumatic brain injury. The aim remains to deter further conflict escalation in the region. US and coalition troops are stationed in the Red Sea due to Iran-backed Houthis targeting commercial ships. The US military has clarified that these actions are unrelated to the conflict in Gaza. Two Navy Seals are presumed dead after going missing during an operation off the coast of Somalia in January.

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