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How Will Biden Respond to Deadly Attack on US Forces in Jordan?

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President Joe Biden must respond to a deadly attack on American forces in Jordan without escalating tensions in the Middle East. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
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President Joe Biden is grappling with a complex situation following a deadly drone attack on a U.S. military base in Jordan, which he attributes to Iran.

The incident, which resulted in the death of three U.S. servicemembers, has sparked debate on how the U.S. should respond. Iran has denied involvement, instead blaming “resistance groups” that it claims are not under its direct control.

Biden’s challenge is to deliver a strong enough response to deter future attacks, without escalating tensions and potentially drawing America into direct conflict with Iran. Critics argue that previous attempts to strike this balance, such as the campaign against the Houthis in the Red Sea, have only intensified attacks on global shipping.

The U.S. is likely to increase attacks on proxy groups in Syria and Iraq, while also pressuring Israel to de-escalate the Gaza conflict.

The situation has domestic implications as well, with Republicans accusing Biden of being soft on Iran and warning of potential repercussions such as a spike in oil prices or further loss of American lives.

Read more at GZERO Media.

This combination of photos provided by Shawn Sanders, left, and the U.S. Army, center and right, show from left to right, Spc. Kennedy Sanders, Sgt. William Jerome Rivers and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett. The three U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Georgia were killed by a drone strike, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, on their base in Jordan near the Syrian border. (Shawn Sanders and U.S. Army via AP)

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