Three US service members killed by drone attack near Jordan-Syria border, Biden says

Three US service members were killed and “many” more were wounded during an unmanned aerial drone attack on US forces stationed in northeastern Jordan near the Syrian border, President Joe Biden said on Sunday, blaming Iran-backed groups for the attack.

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“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,” Biden said in a statement.

He also said there would be consequences for those responsible. 

Some 34 military personnel are being monitored for possible traumatic brain injuries, a US official told Reuters.

The Pentagon has still not released details on the types of injuries sustained, but traumatic brain injury is a common occurrence after a large blast.

A Jordanian government spokesman has denied the attack happened on Jordanian soil. 

Muhannad al Mubaidin told Jordanian public broadcaster al Mamlaka television that the attack had targeted the US al-Tanf base in Syria.

(FRANCE 24 with Reuters)

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