Military: More US Troops Injured In Middle East Attack

More American troops were injured in the drone attack on a Jordan military base than initially reported. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) released a statement Sunday night updating that 34 troops were injured along with the three fatalities.

CENTCOM confirmed that eight soldiers needed medical evacuation from Jordan for further treatment at an undisclosed site. All are reported to be in stable condition.

The base is known as Tower 22, and at least 350 members of the U.S. Army and Air Force are stationed there. They are part of a joint effort with the Jordanian military to put down the Islamic State.

A military official told the New York Times that a drone carrying explosives detonated near the facility’s living quarters. Most of the troops at Tower 22 are reservists, and all three fatalities were confirmed on Monday to be from Georgia.

CENTCOM further reported that the injury tally could rise if more service personnel develop symptoms after the attack.

President Joe Biden released a Sunday afternoon statement blaming the deaths and injuries on Iranian-supported militants. The investigation into exactly who launched the deadly strike is ongoing, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin did not name suspects in a separate statement.

The incident marked the first U.S. military fatalities since the Hamas terrorist attack on Oct. 7 and subsequent Israeli retaliation.

The White House confirmed President Joe Biden was briefed by officials on Sunday morning about the attack. The president then harshly criticized “Iran-backed militant groups” in his reaction.

Biden said, “Today, America’s heart is heavy. Last night, three U.S. service members were killed — and many wounded — during an unmanned drone attack on our forces stationed in northeast Jordan near the Syria border.”

Many congressional Republicans took issue with the administration’s tepid response to repeated drone and missile strikes on U.S. forces.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Michael McCaul (R-TX) noted that Tehran’s proxy forces have launched over 150 attacks on Americans since the Oct. 7 massacre. He recalled the Houthi strikes on commercial shipping and Hezbollah and Hamas attacks on Israel.

McCaul said, “The Biden administration’s failed Middle East policy has destroyed our deterrence against adversaries in the Middle East. We need a major reset of our Middle East policy to protect our national security interests and restore deterrence.”