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Three U.S. service members were killed and 25 others injured in a drone strike in Jordan on Sunday, according to U.S. Central Command and the White House.
A U.S. defense official told NPR that the drone struck U.S. troops stationed in northeastern Jordan near the Syrian border at night. The attack took place at a support base called Tower 22 and likely hit a military barracks.
This is the first time a US military member has been killed by enemy fire in the Middle East since the war between Israel and Hamas broke out.
The White House said it was still gathering information but was confident the attack was carried out by Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq. The government did not specify the names of the militant groups.
“Make no mistake, we will hold all those responsible accountable when and how we choose,” President Biden said in a statement.
Central Command said it is notifying military families.
The attack comes as conflict in the Middle East intensifies over Hamas’ October attack on Israel. The United States has been trying to contain the conflict and prevent it from spreading further in the region.
This is a story. We will update as we learn more. NPR’s Tom Bowman reports.