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President Joe Biden is set to attend a ceremony to honor the three US troops killed in a drone attack at a US base in Jordan, allegedly carried out by Iran-backed militias. There are plans for the US to conduct strikes on Iranian targets in Syria and Iraq as a response to the attack. However, President Biden stated that he does not want a wider war in the Middle East. The US is seeking to hold the right people accountable without escalating the conflict.
"I don't think we need a wider war in the Middle East," he said at the White House. "That's not what I'm looking for."
US officials have approved plans for strikes on Iranian targets in Syria and Iraq in response to the attack. The details on these strikes are unclear, but it seems that the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group, was involved in planning and executing the drone attack in Jordan. This attack marked the first instance of US soldiers being killed since the conflict between Israel and Hamas began. There have been numerous attacks on US military facilities in the region since October 2023.
"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," said US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.