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An Iran-linked group called the Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed responsibility for a drone attack on a US outpost near the Jordan-Syrian border. The attack resulted in the deaths of three US soldiers and injuries to 34 others. This attack is believed to be a response to US support for Israel's war on Gaza, which has caused significant casualties. President Joe Biden has vowed to hold the attackers accountable. Tower 22, the targeted outpost, serves as a logistics hub for a nearby US garrison and its exact purpose and resources are not publicly known. The attack has raised concerns about the potential for a regional conflict involving Iran and Israel.
The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of Iran-backed armed groups in the region, claimed the attacks, saying it was in response to US support to Israel's war on Gaza, which has killed more than 26,000 people.
The targeted US outpost, known as Tower 22, is located near the Jordan-Syrian border and is a supply hub for a nearby US garrison in Syria. It is uncertain what weapons and air defenses are present at the outpost. The US has invested significant resources in supporting Jordan's Border Security Program to prevent armed fighters from infiltrating from Syria and Iraq. The outpost at al-Tanf has played a crucial role in the fight against ISIS and in countering Iran's military presence in eastern Syria. The attack has highlighted the close security pact between Jordan and the US, which regularly conducts joint exercises.
Since the beginning of Syria's war in 2011, Washington has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to help Amman set up an elaborate surveillance system known as the Border Security Program to stem infiltration by armed fighters from Syria and Iraq.
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