Pressure Mounts as Biden Preps To Respond to Jordan Incident

( – Iranian-backed militants attacked American troops for months. The terrorists claimed to be targeting those in Syria and Iraq as retaliation for Israel’s war against Hamas. The militants launched dozens of attacks without a single American fatality—until now.

On January 28, President Joe Biden announced the deaths of three American soldiers. They died in Jordan. The deaths occurred at a military base near the Syrian border. The US troops were there, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve to defeat the Islamic State. The attack took place early in the morning near the barracks and injured more than 40 people.

On January 29, the Department of Defense announced the identities of the US Army Reserve soldiers who were killed. They were Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett. All three were assigned to the 718th Engineer Company, 926th Engineer Battalion, and 926th Engineer Brigade out of Fort Moore (formerly Fort Benning), Georgia.

US officials have promised a strong military response after the deaths. Republicans are pushing the president to launch attacks inside Iran. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Iran needs to face “serious, crippling costs” to not only its proxies but also the “Iranian sponsors who wear American blood as a badge of honor.” Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) posted a message on X, formerly Twitter, telling the administration to “Target Tehran.”

A US official told Axios that America doesn’t “want war, but those who are behind this attack need to feel [America’s] response.”

The president is trying to figure out how to respond without starting a regional war, something that has been a concern since the attack on Israel. US officials are also working on figuring out what group was involved, specifically whether it came from Syria or Iraq.

It’s not clear when the administration will strike back.

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