The White House officially identified Kataeb Hezbollah, a faction within the Islamic Resistance in Iraq coalition, as the responsible entity behind the drone attack that claimed the lives of three American soldiers at a Jordanian base over the weekend. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby emphasized the intelligence community’s confidence in this attribution.
The Pentagon reported that in addition to the three casualties in the drone explosion, approximately 40 more troops sustained injuries during the attack on the remote base. President Joe Biden revealed that a decision on the nature of the U.S. response to the bombing has been made but refrained from disclosing specific plans or timing.
Kirby reiterated the administration’s commitment to responding at a time and manner of their choosing, underscoring that the absence of public announcements in the last 48 hours should not be interpreted as a lack of forthcoming action. He emphasized, “The first thing you see won’t be the last thing.”
Addressing the announcement by Kataeb Hezbollah on Tuesday, wherein they declared a suspension of attacks on U.S. troops, Kirby cautioned against taking such statements at face value. The White House remains vigilant and is determined to ensure the safety of American military personnel while navigating the complex geopolitical landscape.