The United States government stressed this Monday that after the attack against its troops in Jordan, in which three American soldiers diedreserves its right to respond.
“There is no doubt that there will be a response, but as we have done in the past, it will come at a time and in a manner of our choosing. “We will do what we have to do.”stated the spokesman for the White House National Security Council, John Kirbyin an interview on the MSNBC network.
The president of United States, Joe Bidenannounced Sunday that three American soldiers were killed in that drone strike in northeastern Jordan, near the border with Syria.
The Jordanian Government, meanwhile, maintained that the attack occurred from outside its territory and that it targeted the US base at Al Tanf.
According to the Iranian state agency IRNA, pro-Iranian militias They took credit for the terrorist attack.
“We believe it was a single drone. We are still working on what happened and how that drone could attack what was basically a barracks. Considering the time the attack took place, most of the troops were in bed sleeping,” Kirby added.
Neither Kirby nor the White House spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierrewanted to detail the eventual response that Washington is preparing.
“The president has been very clear. As commander-in-chief, one of the things he obviously focuses on is ensuring that we protect our troops,” Jean-Pierre simply said in an interview with the network. CNN.
The pro-Iranian militia group Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed responsibility on Sunday for the attack against North American troops.
The militia Al Nujabaone of the most prominent of the extremist group, celebrated in a statement several attacks that the group launched on Sunday against United States positions in Syria and Iraq, including one directed against the Al Tanf base, “which caused death and “injuries to more than 50 American soldiers.”
“This operation is a small introduction to the hell of the Islamic Resistance operations in Iraq”the militia threatened in the note.
This Monday the United States Armed Forces reported that The number of wounded soldiers increased to 34. Of the injured, eight have been evacuated from Jordan “to a higher level care center,” although they are now “in stable condition.” “All others are being fully evaluated,” the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement on its website.
The identities of the victims have not been made public “out of respect for the families” and in accordance with Department of Defense policy, the statement said. They will wait up to 24 hours after notifying their relatives.
Washington indicated that the attack occurred at the logistical support base located in Tower 22 of the Jordanian Defense Networkwhere approximately 350 Army personnel are deployed, carrying out a number of “key support” functions, including supporting the coalition for the “lasting defeat” of the Islamic State.
However, the Minister of Communication of the Jordanian Government, Muhanad al Mubaidin, assured that the attack occurred on Syrian soil and not in Jordanian territory, as Washington has reported. Al Mubaidin explained in statements to Jordanian public television Al Mamlaka that the attack occurred at the American base of Al Tanf, in Syria, just 20 kilometers from Tower 22.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an organization based in London but with informants in Syria, already reported pro-Iranian militia movements in the Euphrates basin for fear of a US military response. Thus, they have withdrawn from Al Rahba, Al Mayadín or Al Bukamal.
This is the first attack in which US soldiers have been killed in the Middle East since the start of the current escalation of the conflict in the Gaza Strip. However, attacks against US bases in Syria and Iraq are relatively frequent and since October 17, 158 incidents have been reported, none of them serious, since these types of US installations usually have anti-aircraft defenses.
(With information from EFE and Europa Press)