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Three US troops killed, 25 injured in drone attack on base in Jordan

This is a developing story.

Three U.S. service members were killed and 25 more were wounded on Jan. 28 after a one-way drone impacted an installation in northeast Jordan, officials from U.S. Central Command confirmed.

The attack, which took place near the Syria border, according to a CENTCOM release, is the first that has resulted in U.S. fatalities after months of strikes against American troops in the region by Iran-backed militias. The extent of the injuries to the 25 personnel is unknown at this time.

In a statement from the White House, President Joe Biden said the attack was “carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq.”

“Jill and I join the families and friends of our fallen — and Americans across the country — in grieving the loss of these warriors in this despicable and wholly unjust attack,” Biden said. “These service members embodied the very best of our nation: Unwavering in their bravery. Unflinching in their duty. Unbending in their commitment to our country — risking their own safety for the safety of their fellow Americans, and our allies and partners with whom we stand in the fight against terrorism. It is a fight we will not cease.”

In accordance with DOD policy, the identities of the deceased are being withheld until 24 hours after next-of-kin notifications, the CENTCOM release stated.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Jon Simkins is a writer and editor for Military Times, and a USMC veteran.

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