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.