US to respond to attack on its forces in Middle East — White House

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WASHINGTON, February 1. /TASS/. The US government is now focused on responding to a recent strike targeting a US military base on the Jordanian-Syrian border, US National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby told reporters.

When asked whether the US was planning to act independently or in coordination with its partners to retaliate for the attack, Kirby replied: “We’re focusing on US response, they killed American troops.”

He also said the Islamic Resistance in Iraq group was responsible for the attack, which left three US service members dead and over 40 wounded. “We believe the attack in Jordan was planned, resourced and facilitated by an umbrella group called the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, which contains multiple groups, including Kata’ib Hezbollah,” he said.

When asked whether Kata’ib Hezbollah played a key role in the attack, the US official replied: “This certainly has the earmarks of the kinds of things Kata’ib Hezbollah does.”

However, he emphasized that “attribution that our intelligence community is comfortable with is that this was done by the umbrella group called the Islamic Resistance in Iraq.”

After the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the Gaza Strip, rocket and drone attacks on US military bases in Syria and Iraq have become more frequent. Shiite militias have warned that they will increase the number of armed operations in Syria and Iraq if the US continues to provide military aid to Israel.

Source: TASS