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Air defenses at a U.S. military outpost in Jordan failed to stop a drone attack due to confusion over an incoming American drone. The attack killed three U.S. service members, marking the first American military fatalities from hostile fire in the region.
The return of the American surveillance drone to the remote resupply base prompted some confusion over whether the incoming drone was friendly or not, and air defenses were not immediately activated, according to the officials.
The drone attack on the outpost, known as Tower 22, was carried out by an Iran-backed militia in Iraq. The attack has escalated tensions in the region, which have been mounting since the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas.
The drone strike on the outpost in northeast Jordan near its borders with Syria and Iraq, called Tower 22, escalated hostilities in the region that have been mounting since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel, and the subsequent war in Gaza.