Biden Talks Retaliation after Strike at U.S. Air Base in Jordan Leaves 3 Dead, 30 Wounded

The possibility of the United States going to war with Iran has become more likely following an airstrike that killed 3 Americans and wounded 30 others at an American air base in Jordan over the weekend. 

On Sunday, President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. would decide when and where a retaliation would take place.

“I’m asking for a moment of silence for all three of our fallen soldiers,” Biden told attendees at an event in South Carolina.

He added, “And we shall respond. God bless you all.”

As reported by CBN News, militias backed by Iran have carried out attacks on American bases in Syria and Iraq over 170 times since mid-October 2023.

About 30 soldiers were wounded in the recent attack on the airbase, which served as a special operations facility to combat ISIS.

“It’s quite clear that the whole players in the region are actually looking to see what will be the United States reaction to that (attack). Needless to say, if there is not going to be any U.S. reaction, that is not going to contribute to the already declining image of the United States as a superpower,” Former Israeli intelligence official Avi Melamed told CBN News.

Currently, the U.S. and Israel have conflicts against Iranian proxies across the region including Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen, who continue to attack shipping in and around the Red Sea, and Hamas in Gaza.

Melamed contended that all the conflicts in the region are tied with Iran.

“So what we see – in (the) Gaza Strip, in Lebanon, in Syria, in Iraq, in the Red Sea – at the end of the day, all the strings are leading to one in one location only and this is Tehran. This is the mullahs’ regime in Tehran. We have today a sample of the disaster, (their) vision and future that we, the Middle East and the world (will see), if the mullahs’ regime is not going to be restrained forcefully.”

In addition to last weekend’s attack, the U.S. and a number of countries, including Canada, the U.K., Australia and Finland, suspended funding to UNRWA, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, after Israel showed the U.S. proof that the agency participated in the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by Hamas.

Employees with the UNRWA kidnapped a woman, gave out ammunition, and took part in the mass killing at Kibbutz Be’eri, where Hamas murdered 97 Israelis.

“And we will, although we’ve already suspended any additional allocations to UNWRA, we’ll certainly consider additional, you know, what, depending on the investigation, whether that requires any additional changes in the way we support UNWRA going forward,” the White House said in a statement.

Meanwhile, critics of the UNWRA said that the agency has been problematic for years.

“I just want to remind you that cases of people working for UNRWA and at the same time are working for terrorist organizations has begun in the Sixties,” Adi Schwartz. co-author of the book, War of Return, Adi Schwartz. co-author of the book, War of Return, told CBN News.

He added, “(U.S.) Senators in the Sixties saw that people at the same time were receiving salaries from UNRWA and the PLO and that continued along the Seventies, the Eighties – there’s nothing new here.”

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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.

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