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3 American service members killed, 25 injured in drone attack on base in Jordan, U.S. says

Sun 28 Jan 2024 | 08:08 PM
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Three American service members were killed and 25 more were injured in an unmanned aerial drone attack on a base in Jordan on Sunday, President Biden and the U.S. military said, CBS News reported. 

In a statement, the president blamed the attack on "radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq." Mr. Biden said the attack happened at a base in northeast Jordan, close to the border with Syria.

U.S. Central Command, which oversees forces in the Middle East, put the number of wounded at 25, and said the identities of those killed would be withheld for 24 hours after their families had been notified.

The attack comes as tensions between the U.S. and Iran's proxies in the region have soared to new levels in recent weeks. Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels began attacking shipping vessels in the Red Sea in October to protest Israel's war with Hamas in Gaza. The U.S. and its allies began conducting airstrikes against the group in Yemen earlier this month.