US executes airstrikes in Syria and Iraq in response to attack that killed 3 American troops in Jordan

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The U.S. has executed airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, according to U.S. Central Command.

In a statement, President Joe Biden indicated that the move represents retaliation for the recent deaths of three U.S. service members killed in Jordan.

“This past Sunday, three American soldiers were killed in Jordan by a drone launched by militant groups backed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). Earlier today, I attended the dignified return of these brave Americans at Dover Airforce Base, and I have spoken with each of their families,” Biden said in the statement.

“This afternoon, at my direction, U.S. military forces struck targets at facilities in Iraq and Syria that the IRGC and affiliated militia use to attack U.S. forces,” the president noted in the statement. “Our response began today. It will continue at times and places of our choosing.”

Three U.S. Army Reserve troops were recently killed in Jordan, according to the Pentagon, which reported that “a one-way unmanned aerial system (OWUAS) impacted their container housing units.” Other American troops were injured due to the attack.

“Feb. 02, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) forces conducted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force and affiliated militia groups. U.S. military forces struck more than 85 targets, with numerous aircraft to include long-range bombers flown from United States. The airstrikes employed more than 125 precision munitions,” a CENTCOM press release noted.

“The facilities that were struck included command and control operations centers, intelligence centers, rockets, missiles, unmanned aerial vehicle storage, and logistics and munition supply chain facilities of militia groups and their IRGC sponsors who facilitated attacks against U.S. and Coalition forces,” CENTCOM noted.

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