3 U.S. troops killed in Jordan drone strike near Syria border

Three American troops were killed in a drone strike in Jordan overnight.

The military service members were in northeast Jordan, near the country’s border with Syria, when they were killed, according to the White House.

“While we are still gathering the facts of this attack, we know it was carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq,” President Biden said in a statement Sunday. “The three American service members we lost were patriots in the highest sense. And their ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten by our nation.”

Jordanian officials insisted that the attack occurred in Syria. The U.S. military said it occurred in Jordan.

The U.S. has ramped up its military presence in the Middle East in response to the latest Israel-Hamas war and attacks on ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Saturday night’s attack was the first time U.S. troops have been killed since the conflict began.