Retaliatory US Strikes on Iraq and Syria After Jordan Attack Claims US Troops

The United States started retaliatory strikes in Iraq and Syria after a deadly attack in Jordan that killed three US troops and injured 40 others.

The strikes are believed to be the first in a multi-tiered response by President Joe Biden’s administration to the weekend attacks carried out by Iran-backed militants.

The US strikes did not target any locations inside Iran, but they are likely to increase concern about tensions in the Middle East due to Israel’s war with Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

Two officials, speaking anonymously, said a formal statement was expected soon.

‘American aggression’ resulted in casualties – Syrian media

Syrian state media said the ‘American aggression’ on several sites on Syria’s desert areas and the Syrian and Iraqi border resulted in casualties and injuries.

It came hours after Biden and Pentagon leaders attended the remains of the three American soldiers killed in the Jordan attack returning to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

The Jordan attack was the first deadly strike against US troops since the Israel-Hamas war erupted in October and marked a major escalation in tensions.

The United States has assessed that the drone that killed three of its soldiers and wounded more than 40 other people was made by Iran, US officials have told Reuters.

Biden’s statements on the attack

President Joe Biden said he had directed military strikes on facilities in Iraq and Syria affiliated with the groups that attacked US forces, and said the response would continue.

“Our response began today. It will continue at times and places of our choosing,” Biden said in a statement. “The United States does not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world. But let all those who might seek to do us harm know this: If you harm an American, we will respond.”