What is Biden going to do now? Nothing?
In a tragic incident on January 28, an unmanned aerial drone attack claimed the lives of three U.S. service members and left at least 25 others injured at an outpost in northeast Jordan near the Syrian border, according to the confirmation by U.S. Central Command. The base, known as Tower 22, has been supporting the counter-ISIS mission for several years. The injured personnel have been evacuated, some possibly to Landstuhl in Germany.
While the identities of the deceased are being withheld, President Biden, informed by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, condemned the attack. He attributed it to “radical Iran-backed militant groups” operating in Syria and Iraq. The president expressed grief for the fallen soldiers and vowed to uphold the commitment against terrorism.
The White House is actively engaged in discussions on how to respond to this significant escalation, marking the first time U.S. troops have been killed by enemy fire in the Middle East since the Israel-Hamas war began. Republicans criticized Biden’s perceived inaction, with some accusing him of appeasing Iran.
Reports about the incident have conflicting information. While U.S. officials state the attack occurred at Tower 22 in Jordan, Jordanian state television claims it happened across the border in Syria, targeting the U.S. Al-Tanf base. The discrepancy remains unresolved.
The attack underscores the dangers faced by U.S. troops in the region amid heightened tensions. With approximately 3,000 American troops stationed in Jordan, the incident raises concerns about the security landscape in the Middle East, prompting calls for a reassessment of U.S. Middle East policy to protect national security interests and restore deterrence against adversaries.