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Iran denies involvement in drone strike that killed three US troops

The US attributed the attack to “radical Iranian-backed militant groups,” causing numerous injuries. President Biden pledged retaliation, marking the first instance of US troop casualties in the region since the October 7 attack by Hamas on Israel.

While previous attacks occurred on US bases without fatalities, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed responsibility for the recent strike, targeting three US bases in Syria and Jordan, as well as an Israeli oil facility. Biden vowed accountability, Iran denied involvement, and the names of the affected servicemen remain undisclosed.

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The attack resulted in casualties, with some military personnel evaluated for possible traumatic brain injury. The drone strike targeted living quarters at a base in Rukban, Jordan, near the Syrian border. Previous regional incidents prompted US airstrikes against Iran-affiliated groups.

General Brown emphasized the goal of deterrence without escalating conflicts in the region. US and coalition troops are also stationed in the Red Sea due to Houthi attacks on commercial ships, although the US military states these actions are unrelated to the Gaza conflict.

Two Navy Seals are presumed dead after a January mission off Somalia’s coast to seize Iranian-made weapons destined for the Houthis in Yemen.

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