This story was updated at 9:59 PM EST on January 28, 2024

The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) announced via press release that on January 28, a one-way attack drone struck a base in northeast Jordan near the Syria border, resulting in the tragic loss of three U.S. service members and injuries to at least 34 others (initial reports from CENTCOM reported 25 injured). In adherence to DoD policy and out of respect for the families, the identities of the servicemembers will be withheld until 24 hours after their next of kin have been notified. Further updates will be communicated as they become available.

According to reporting from the Associated Press, U.S. officials were working to identify the precise group responsible for the attack conclusively. President Joe Biden blamed Iran-backed militias for the attack and stated that the United States “will hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner (of) our choosing.”

CENTCOM confirmed in a second press release that the attack occurred at the logistics support base at Tower 22 within the Jordanian Defense Network. The base accommodates approximately 350 U.S. Army and Air Force personnel, engaged in various critical support functions, including assistance to the coalition for the lasting defeat of ISIS.

The undisclosed Jordanian installation is a crucial logistical center for U.S. forces in Syria, particularly for the al-Tanf military base, located just 20 kilometers north of Tower 22. Al-Tanf plays a strategic role at the confluence of the Iraq, Syria, and Jordan borders.

Jordanian state television, quoting Muhannad Mubaidin, a government spokesperson, insists that the attack occurred across the border in Syria.

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This story was updated on 1/28/24 at 9:59 PM EST