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US President Joe Biden is expected to attend a ceremony to honor the three US troops killed at a US base in Jordan in a drone attack believed to be carried out by Iran-backed militias. Meanwhile, the US has reportedly approved plans for strikes on Iranian targets in Syria and Iraq but aims to avoid escalating the conflict in the region. The attack in Jordan is said to have been planned, resourced, and facilitated by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group that includes Kataib Hezbollah.
I don't think we need a wider war in the Middle East. That's not what I'm looking for - President Biden
The attack in Jordan marks the first time US soldiers have been killed since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas in 2023. There have been over 160 attacks on US military facilities since October 2023, with the majority occurring in Iraq and Syria. The US remains focused on holding the responsible parties accountable without escalating the conflict further.
We believe that the attack in Jordan was planned, resourced, and facilitated by an umbrella group called the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, which contains multiple groups, including [the pro-Iranian] Kataib Hezbollah - John Kirby, US National Security Council spokesman