A devastating drone strike in Jordan on Sunday resulted in the deaths of three American military personnel, with at least 34 others injured, marking a significant escalation in the conflict that has seen a sharp increase in hostilities across the Middle East since the onset of the current war in Gaza.

In response to the attack, President Biden attributed the aggression to factions backed by Iran, sparking immediate deliberation over the nature and timing of a potential U.S. retaliation.

During an appearance in South Carolina, President Biden mourned the loss of “three brave souls,” acknowledging the challenging circumstances in the Middle East and affirming a commitment to respond. He led a moment of silence in their memory.

The incident occurred at a military site known as Tower 22 in northeastern Jordan, a strategic location near the convergence of the Syrian, Iraqi, and Jordanian borders.

A defense official from the U.S. reported that the drone purposefully targeted the residential section of the base, inflicting a range of injuries from minor abrasions to severe brain injuries. Approximately 350 military personnel are stationed there.

The Jordanian government, while condemning the attack and confirming that no Jordanian troops were harmed, pledged to maintain its stance against terrorism and illegal activities, including drug and weapon smuggling across the Syrian border. The exact origin of the drone strike remains undetermined as military leaders seek answers, particularly regarding the failure of American air defenses to intercept the attack.

U.S. Central Command confirmed that eight service members had been evacuated for advanced medical care but were in stable condition. The identities of the deceased are being withheld until family members are notified. President Biden honored their service, referring to them as the utmost patriots.