White House vows 'consequential' response to deadly drone strike on US troops in Jordan

The White House on Monday vowed a "very consequential response" to a drone attack on a base in Jordan that killed three American troops, with President Joe Biden blaming Iran-backed militants.

The casualties – the first US military deaths in an attack in the region since the Israel-Hamas war began – raised fears of an escalating conflict, as fighting rages in Gaza.

"We are not looking for a war with Iran," US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters Monday afternoon, adding however that the strike "was escalatory, make no mistake about it, and it requires a response."

His remarks came shortly after Biden met with his national security team, including Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

Iran said it had nothing to do with the attack and denied US accusations it supported militant groups behind the Sunday strike on the remote frontier base in Jordan's northeast, near the borders with Iraq and Syria.


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