Iran-backed militia kills American troops in drone strike

The attack struck near sleeping quarters, leading to the high number of victims.

Three American troops were killed and dozens injured in a drone strike in northeast Jordan near the Syrian border on Sunday.

President Joe Biden laid the blame at the feet of Iran-backed militias for the attack. 


The big picture: U.S. officials are working to identify the specific group responsible for the attack, but believe it was carried out by one of several Iranian-backed groups.

  • The U.S. military base at al-Tanf in Syria is located near the attacked base in Jordan, which serves as a logistical hub for U.S. forces in the region.
  • The attack hit near the troops’ sleeping quarters, resulting in a high casualty count.
  • Since the start of the war in Gaza, Iranian-backed militias have targeted American military installations in Iraq and Syria multiple times.
  • Militias claim their strikes are in retaliation for U.S. support for Israel and aim to push U.S. forces out of the region.
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