How Iranian-backed Militias Drone Killed Three US Service Members

Daily Report February 01,2024

A new report from the Department of Defense (DOD) shed light on how a drone that killed three U.S. military personnel was able to avoid detection.

DOD officials released a report stating that the drone was trailing a U.S.-operated drone that was returning to base.

According to Daily Caller reports, the drone originated somewhere in Iraq and exploded close to the living quarters of Jordan’s tower near the Syrian border.

According to the DOD official and another U.S. official, 90 minutes after the strike on Tower 22, Iranian militants launched another drone at a U.S. base across the border in Syria. The officials revealed that a U.S. drone, RTA’s coyotes aerial system, shot it down.

The official also noted that the Tower 22 and al-Tanf Garrison are kilometers apart and the U.S. drones often defend both. The Pentagon identified the soldiers who were killed in the attack. They include Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46; Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24 and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Mofett, 23.

Sabrina Singh, the Deputy spokesperson of the Pentagon, noted that more than 40 service members were also injured in the attack, including five who were diagnosed with traumatic brain injury.

Singh also noted that the attack has the footprints of Kataib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed militia group that the U.S. recently blamed for attacks in Iraq and Syria. However, the Pentagon has not entirely determined which group is responsible.

Singh added that the Pentagon is looking for ways to define its defenses in the region and prevent future attacks like this from happening.

Republican members of Congress on Sunday called on President Joe Biden to target Iran directly in his response.

Retired Gen. Joseph Votel urged Biden to send a direct message that the U.S. holds Iraq responsible.

“Washington should consider striking assets of value to Iran and then paying a price for this,” Votel said. “.Iran, I think, is responsible for this. Iran is always trying to push the limits as far as they can go.”

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