Pentagon denies military conflict with Iranian proxies amid US deliberation on retaliatory measures

Iran absolutely bears responsibility for the drone attack on Sunday that killed three US service members in Jordan, according to Pentagon spokesperson Sabrina Singh. This comes as the Biden administration reaffirms its stance against sparking a wider regional conflict.

According to Singh, the Pentagon has identified the three Army Reserve soldiers who died in the attack as Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett. The attack was successful in targeting US facilities housing service members. 

Central Command is currently assessing whether the drone wasn’t shot down because troops on the ground thought it was a returning American drone, Singh explained. In an image captionCONJUNCTION_PLACE_DETAILS, she added

Furthermore, Singh stressed that the US does not believe that Iran is seeking to start a war with the US. She denied that the US is engaged in a regional war with Iran’s proxies in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and Jordan. 

Looking ahead, Singh said that Iranian-backed forces have conducted 165 attacks since Oct. 17, mostly in Iraq and Syria, with the most recent attack taking place in Jordan. But the US remains adamant that it does not want a war with Iran, emphasizing that Iran is using proxy groups to launch attacks on US service members. 

However, Singh did mention that the US will respond to Iran in its own time, hinting that a direct response in Iran may be a possibility. Nonetheless, she emphasized that the US does not seek a wider conflict with Iran.