A drone attack on a US military base in Jordan has killed three American service members. Recent drone and rocket attacks on US forces in the Middle East are raising concerns about an escalation of the conflict in the broader region.
The US Central Command said on Sunday that three of its troops were killed and at least 34 were wounded in a drone attack on a US base in northeastern Jordan near its border with Syria.
The Command says the attack occurred inside a military facility called "Tower 22." It is a logistics support base hosting about 350 US military personnel.
Jordan's state-run media says there were no Jordanian military casualties.
US President Joe Biden said in a statement that facts about the attack are still being gathered. But Washington claims it was carried out by what are called "radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq."
Biden said the US will carry on the slain service members' commitment to fight terrorism. And the president vowed that his country will hold all those responsible to account "at a time and in a manner" of its choosing.
Reports from CNN and other media outlets say this marks the first time US troops have been killed in the Middle East since the conflict between Israel and Hamas began last October.