Tensions have risen in the Middle East after a drone attack on a US military base in Jordan killed three service members. How Washington would respond to such an attack is hotly debated.
At least 25 more people were injured in Sunday’s attack, British news media BBC confirmed.
In an immediate reaction after the attack, US President Joe Biden said, ‘We are sure that the US-backed armed groups in Syria and Iraq are behind this attack. No doubt, action will be taken against those behind this.’
U.S. officials said about 150 attacks have been carried out on U.S. military bases in Iraq and Syria since the war began after Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7. However, this is the first time that an army member has been killed in such an attack.
Washington has blamed Iran-backed groups for these attacks. They claim that these attacks are taking place in response to taking Israel’s side in the war.
Violence has already spread across the Middle East as a result of the Israel-Hamas war. The US, UK and their allies have launched airstrikes on Houthi rebel positions in Yemen in response to attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea.
There are almost daily clashes between Hezbollah and the Israeli army in Lebanon.
Jordanian government spokesman Muhammad Moubaidan told local media that the target of the attack was Syria’s al-Tanf base.
The base, established in 2016, is located near the Jordanian border.
A US military official told Reuters that the wounded US troops had been evacuated from Jordan.