Sunday, February 18, 2024

“Secret Drone Base in Jordan Where 3 U.S. Troops Died”


The U.S. base in Jordan known as Tower 22 has recently come under scrutiny following the deaths of three American service members. While the Pentagon has described the base as a logistics support facility, it is clear that Tower 22 serves a much more significant role in the region. The base operates as a drone base conducting reconnaissance missions on militants in Syria and Iraq, staging special operations forces, and serving as a medevac helicopter home base.

Contrary to the Pentagon’s statements that Tower 22’s mission was focused on combating ISIS, recent events have revealed a shift in its objectives towards targeting Iran-backed militia groups. An Air Force airman who was stationed at the base emphasized that the primary purpose of Tower 22 was to operate drones for spying on insurgents and targeting purposes. The base provided crucial targeting intelligence to Air Force assets at other bases in Jordan for airstrikes.

The tragic incident involving a drone attack that claimed the lives of U.S. service members shed light on the vulnerabilities of Tower 22, which lacked adequate air defenses. Despite evidence pointing to the presence of drones at the base, the Pentagon continued to downplay its role in military operations. Interviews with defense sources and experts have highlighted Tower 22’s significance as a key base supporting hostilities with Iran-aligned groups, despite official narratives focusing on the fight against ISIS.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin reiterated that the troops killed in the drone attack were deployed to work towards defeating ISIS. However, experts suggest that the counter-ISIS mission may not be the primary focus of operations at Tower 22. The base’s support for Al-Tanf, a nearby U.S. military base in Syria, raises questions about its role in combating ISIS, especially considering the lack of combat incidents reported at Al-Tanf.

The recent escalation of conflicts in the region, particularly between Israel and Iranian-backed groups, has further complicated the situation for U.S. forces stationed at Tower 22. The U.S. is now grappling with how to respond to attacks from groups that were not initially part of the anti-ISIS coalition’s mandate. Legal experts emphasize that the counter-ISIS mission is the only legitimate basis for U.S. presence in Syria, raising concerns about military operations against Iran-aligned groups.

In response to attacks on U.S. forces in the region, the Pentagon has framed military actions against Iranian-aligned groups as defensive measures necessary for force protection. Recent announcements of strikes targeting militia commanders involved in attacks on U.S. forces highlight the complex dynamics at play in the region. The U.S. government remains committed to protecting its personnel and holding accountable those who threaten their safety.

In conclusion, the true nature of Tower 22’s operations goes beyond logistics support, revealing its critical role in conducting military operations against Iran-aligned groups in the region. As tensions escalate and conflicts intensify, the U.S. faces challenges in navigating its military presence in Syria and responding to evolving threats from various factions.

Latest stories