U.S. military officials revealed that a fatal error might have occurred at a desert base in Jordan, leading to a devastating drone attack on U.S. forces. The attack, which happened on Sunday, resulted in the death of three U.S. troops and left dozens injured. The initial assessment suggests that U.S. forces at the small installation known as Tower 22 might have confused an enemy drone with one of their own, allowing it to enter the base unchallenged.
President Joe Biden, faced with a complex geopolitical situation, is balancing a response to Iran, who is believed to be behind the attack, while trying to avoid escalating the ongoing conflict in Gaza. The enemy drone struck the base at a low altitude as a U.S. drone was returning, leading to the confusion. The base, despite being equipped with counter-drone systems like Coyote drone interceptors, failed to neutralize the threat. Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh mentioned that U.S. Central Command is still assessing whether this was a case of human error.
The Pentagon has identified the fallen troops as Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett. The Defense Department confirmed their identities and their assignment to the 718th Engineer Company of the US Army Reserve. Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh revealed that over 40 were injured, many while sleeping in a housing facility on the base, and the casualty count could rise.
Iran has denied any involvement in the Jordan strike, with foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani dismissing the allegations as politically motivated. Iran frequently denies its connection to attacks in the Middle East, despite evidence linking back to militias it supports in the region.