Biden says he has decided how to respond to attack on US troops in Jordan


Republicans have urged the Democrat to punish Iran for the drone strike on a US military facility near the Jordanian-Syrian border Sunday, with some urging direct strikes on Iran itself.

But Biden’s administration believes hitting Iranian territory could cause the region to erupt, with strikes on Iranian-backed militias and possibly on Iranian Revolutionary Guard facilities in other countries more likely, US media reported.

“It’s very possible that what you’ll see is a tiered approach here, not just a single action but potentially multiple actions,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that the response “could be multi-leveled, come in stages, and be sustained over time”.

The deaths of the service members came as campaigning for the US presidential election in November gets into full swing, adding to the political pressure on Biden.

The US president will attend the “dignified transfer” of the bodies of the three slain service members at an airbase on Friday, the White House said.

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