© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Members of an Iraqi Shi’ite armed group sit in a car after an assault by a drone strike on an Iran-backed militia headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq January 4, 2024. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad/File Photograph
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The unmanned aerial drone assault that killed three U.S. service members and wounded dozens in northeastern Jordan on Sunday is the newest by Iran-aligned militia teams in Iraq and Syria.
The teams oppose Israel’s marketing campaign in Gaza, which has killed greater than 26,000, and maintain the U.S. partly accountable. They’ve attacked U.S. troops within the area over 150 instances because the struggle began in response to Hamas’s October 7 assault in Israel that killed about 1,200. About 2,500 U.S. troops are stationed in Iraq and 900 in Syria to forestall a resurgence of Islamic State militants.
Here’s a timeline of main assaults since then:
OCT. 18 – U.S. forces in Iraq are focused in two separate drone assaults. One of many drones is intercepted however nonetheless explodes, inflicting minor accidents and damaging some tools.
OCT. 19 – U.S. forces in Syria carry down two drones concentrating on them, resulting in some minor accidents. Individually, drones and rockets goal two bases housing U.S. forces in Iraq.
OCT. 26 – An Iran-backed militia launches a drone at an air base that penetrates U.S. air defenses and crashes into the barracks housing American troops however fails to detonate. A service member suffers a concussion from the influence.
NOV. 17 – U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria are attacked thrice; a drone assault in Syria injures a service member who shortly returns to responsibility whereas two different assaults in Iraq fail to trigger injury or accidents.
NOV. 23 – U.S. and worldwide forces in northeastern Syria are attacked with drones and rockets 4 instances in 24 hours, however endure no casualties and solely minor injury.
DEC. 25 – A one-way drone assault in Iraq by Iran-aligned militants leaves one U.S. service member in crucial situation and wounds two different U.S. personnel.
JAN. 9 – A U.S. air strike on a rocket launcher foils an assault on an air base in Iraq.
JAN. 20 – 4 U.S. personnel endure traumatic mind accidents after Iran-backed militias hearth a number of ballistic missiles and rockets at an air base in Iraq.