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Pro-Iranian militias in Iraq claim responsibility for attack that killed three US soldiers

Baghdad, Jan 28 (EFE).- The pro-Iranian Islamic Resistance militia group in Iraq claimed responsibility for a drone attack on a small outpost near the Syria border on Sunday, which killed three US soldiers and wounded at least 25, according to United States Central Command.

On Sunday, US President Joe Biden stated that the three US soldiers were killed in a drone strike in northeastern Jordan near the Syrian border, although the Jordanian government said the action took place outside its territory and targeted the Al-Tanf base.

“While we are still gathering the facts of this attack, we know it was carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq,” Biden said in a statement.

The president added that the United States “will hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner our choosing.”

Regarding the attack, the Al-Nujaba militia (a prominent member of the Islamic Resistance) has claimed to have executed multiple attacks on US positions in Syria and Iraq on Sunday, including one on the Al-Tanf base in Syria, resulting in the death and injury of over 50 American soldiers.

As of Sunday, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed five attacks against US military interests in Syria and Iraq, one of which targeted the Al-Tanf base, a key location for the Washington-led international coalition fighting the Islamic State militia group.

Arab media has reported several Islamic Resistance militias in Iraq evacuated their headquarters and checkpoints in anticipation of a US bombing wave in retaliation for the attack, as Washington has responded harshly to previous actions by these groups.

This is the first time since the outbreak of the war in Gaza that US soldiers have been killed as a result of attacks by pro-Iranian militias from Iraq, who have carried out more than a hundred actions against US posts in Iraq and Syria since the beginning of the conflict. EFE

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