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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies 

In a shocking and tragic incident, Iran-backed militias carried out a deadly drone attack on a base in northeast Jordan, resulting in the death of three U.S. service members and leaving 25 others injured. This marks the single worst incident of deaths and injuries among U.S. personnel in the region since the surge in attacks by Iran-backed militias following the commencement of the Gaza war on October 7.

The attack occurred on January 28, targeting a base near the Syrian border. The Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed the assault, describing it as a one-way attack by an unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

President Biden, while acknowledging that the U.S. is still gathering information about the incident, squarely placed blame on radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq.

“While we are still gathering the facts of this attack, we know it was carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq,” said President Biden.

Earlier on the same day, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, comprising Iraqi and Syrian militias with ties to Iran, claimed responsibility for drone attacks on Israel and various locations in Syria, including the al-Tanf base near the Syrian-Jordanian border.

“The Mujahideen of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq attacked at dawn today, Sunday, January 28, 2024, using drones, four enemy bases, three of which are in Syria. They are Al-Shaddadi Base, Al-Rukban Base, and al-Tanf Base, and the fourth is inside our occupied Palestinian territories,” the statement read.

The incident in Jordan marks the first time that Iran-backed militias have targeted U.S. forces in the country. Since the outbreak of hostilities between Hamas and Israel on October 7, 2023, these militias have launched over 150 attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria, with the recent attack in Jordan being the latest escalation.

In response to the militia attacks, the Biden administration has intermittently carried out strikes against the groups in Iraq and Syria. Eight such strikes have been launched by the U.S. military in retaliation. Notably, Iran, the orchestrator, funder, and trainer of these militias, has been spared direct military action by the Biden administration, apparently to prevent further escalation in the already volatile region.

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