40 Arizona National Guard among the casualties in drone attack in Jordan

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“Multiple” Arizona National Guard troops were wounded in a drone strike that killed three U.S. troops and injured dozens in northeast Jordan near the Syria border on Sunday, according to a spokesperson for the unit.

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Three Guard troops were being medically evacuated for further care but were expected to recover.

The U.S. Department of Defense identified the three soldiers killed as Sgt. William Jerome Rivers of Carrollton, Georgia; Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders of Waycross, Georgia; and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett of Savannah, Georgia.

Here is what we know about the first attack with U.S. deaths by Iranian-backed militant groups since the Israel-Hamas war started on Oct. 7.

What happened in the Jordan drone strike?
The Associated Press reported that the drone may have been mistakenly identified as an American drone returning to the U.S. installation, according to two U.S. officials who weren’t authorized to comment and requested anonymity.

The officials say preliminary information suggests the enemy drone that struck the installation known as Tower 22 may have been mistaken for an American drone that was in the air at the same time. The officials added that as the enemy drone was flying in at a low altitude, a U.S. drone was returning to base. As a result, there was no effort to shoot down the enemy drone.

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Asked if the failure to shoot down the enemy drone was “human error,” Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh responded that the U.S. Central Command was still assessing the matter.


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