Due To Confusion, No Attempts To Shoot Down Drone Made That Killed 3 American Soldiers
After a hostile drone impacted soldier's container housing units at Tower 22 and killed three American soldiers, Biden said, "We will respond".
WASHINGTON - According to military officials, no attempts were made to intercept or shoot down the drone that attacked the "Tower 22" base that killed three American soldiers and wounded 34 others because an American drone was returning to the base at the same time the enemy drone arrived which caused personnel to be unable to tell if the drone was friendly or hostile.
The hostile drone was one of four drones that were sent out by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, a group that claimed responsibility for the attack. Officials say that the other three drones were either shot down or didn't reach any U.S. targets according to the U.S. official.
The fourth drone impacted the Tower 22 base in northeast Jordan, close to the country's border with Syria, according to a statement by U.S. Central Command.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, speaking to CNN said that the United States is currently planning a "very consequential" response to the deadly attack on the Tower 22 base, and said that the U.S. will be responding, but added that the United States does not "seek war with Iran. We're not looking for a wider conflict in the Middle East".
According to the Pentagon, the three service members who were killed in the attack were:
Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Ga.;
Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, of Waycross, Ga.;
Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Ga