Al-Tanf, Syria
30 January 2024

A Pentagon spokesperson pledged a U.S. response to a deadly 28 January attack in Jordan, attributed to the Iran-backed Islamic Resistance in Iraq, asserting: “While we do not seek to escalate tensions in the region, we will also take all necessary actions to protect our troops, our facilities and our interests”. Referring to an announcement by Kata’ib Hizbollah, one of the main groups in that coalition, of halting their attacks, the spokesperson said that “actions speak louder than words”, adding: “There has been three attacks” since 28 January. Relatedly, a Pentagon official tallied a total of 166 attacks against U.S. forces since 17 October in Iraq, Syria and Jordan.

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