US begins wave of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for deadly drone strike by Iranian-backed militia that killed three American soldiers in Jordan

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Written By Maya Cantina

The U.S. has kicked off a wave of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for the drone strike that killed three U.S. troops. 

The strikes have targeted locations across the Middle East and is expected to last for days.

The widespread military operation comes a week after the strike by Iran-backed militias on the Tower 22 base near Jordan’s border with Syria and Iraq. 

Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, Specialist Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, and Specialist Breonna Moffett, 23, were all killed and dozens of troops were injured.

President Joe Biden attended the dignified transfer ceremony for the three slain troops earlier on Friday at Dover Air Force Base. 

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The U.S. has started conducting airstrikes in Syria in response to the drone strike in Jordan that killed three American soldiers, reports suggest.

Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Georgia died in the drone strike of a US airbase in Jordan

Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, was among three US soldiers killed in the drone strike

Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Georgia  (left) and Specialist Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, died in the drone strike of a US airbase in Jordan

Specialist Breonna Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Georgia was identified as one of the soldiers killed in the weeekend drone strike

Specialist Breonna Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Georgia has been identified as one of the soldiers killed in the drone strike 

The strikes come almost a week after the strike by Iran-backed militias on the Tower 22 base near Jordan's border with Syria and Iraq

The strikes come almost a week after the strike by Iran-backed militias on the Tower 22 base near Jordan’s border with Syria and Iraq

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