President Joe Biden confirmed on Tuesday that he has reached a decision regarding the appropriate response to the recent drone attack that resulted in the tragic loss of three American soldiers and left numerous others injured at a base located in northeast Jordan.
As President Biden departed from the White House early on Tuesday morning, he faced a reporter's inquiry regarding his response to the attack carried out by militants with affiliations to Iran on Sunday. With unwavering resolve, Biden responded with a simple, "Yes." These remarks come in the wake of the President's earlier pledge to retaliate and to ensure that "all those responsible will be held to account at a time and in a manner of our choosing." The attack, which inflicted injuries on over 30 soldiers, marked a distressing moment in U.S.-Iran relations.
When asked about whether he holds Iran accountable for the attack, President Biden made it clear that he does, stating, "in the sense that they’re supplying the weapons to the people who did it."
Iran-Backed Militant Attack
This drone attack incident represents the first instance of U.S.
military casualties caused by Iranian-backed militant groups in several months. The explosive-laden drone detonated in close proximity to a shelter where some troops were resting at a logistics support base in northeast Jordan, as confirmed by two U.S.
officials to NBC News. The Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed responsibility for drone attacks on several locations, including the Al-Shaddadi base in Syria, Al-Rukban and Al-Tanf bases at the Syria-Jordan border, and the Zevulun naval facility in Israel.
However, it remains unclear whether this group is indeed responsible for the attack on U.S. soldiers in Jordan. President Biden initially addressed the attack by requesting a moment of silence during a South Carolina church event, paying tribute to the "three brave souls" who lost their lives in the incident.
He assured the nation that a response would be forthcoming. Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized that the U.S. response to the attack could involve multiple phases and be sustained over time. "We will respond strongly, at a time and place of our choosing," Blinken stated during a joint press conference with NATO General Jens Stoltenberg.
Both the House and Senate are expected to receive classified briefings regarding the attack on U.S. troops this week, as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have called for President Biden to seek congressional authorization before taking further military action.