Following a drone strike in Jordan that claimed the lives of three US troops and left over 30 soldiers injured, the White House emphasized its commitment to avoiding further escalation and war in the region. John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council, stated during a press conference that the attacked troops were on a crucial mission to counter ISIS, and despite the incident, the mission would persist.
Kirby clarified that the counter-ISIS mission is distinct from efforts related to supporting Israel and preventing broader conflicts in the region. While expressing a reluctance for war escalation, he underscored the determination to take necessary actions to safeguard the United States and continue their mission in the region.
President Joe Biden, having consulted with his national security team, is considering various response options, emphasizing that any retaliation will occur on the nation's schedule and in a manner chosen by the Commander-in-Chief.
At a separate press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured a decisive response to the attack in Jordan, reaffirming the commitment to holding those responsible accountable. Blinken also highlighted the continued focus on core objectives in the region, including the conflict in Gaza and broader efforts for durable peace and security.
Offering condolences for the troops affected, Stoltenberg condemned the drone attack and accused Iran of destabilizing the region. He pointed out Iran's support for terrorists attacking ships in the Red Sea, emphasizing the unpredictable and dangerous nature of a world without rules, where security becomes more expensive.
(With Agency Inputs)