How drone strike death of US soldiers in Jordan takes us a step closer to WW3 – as Trump has warned – and Biden’s response could further drag in Britain and play directly into the hands of Putin

The death of three US soldiers in a drone strike by Iran-backed militants in Jordan could further inflame the ongoing crisis in the Middle East, experts have warned.

The attack on the US base, which Iran said it was not involved in, marks a major escalation in tensions that have already engulfed the region, amid concerns that Israel’s war against the Iran-backed Hamas terror group in Gaza could spread to a larger conflict involving Iran’s proxies in Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq.

President Joe Biden vowed that the US “will respond” to the strike, which also injured dozens of troops, blaming Iran-backed militias for the first US deaths after months of attacks by such groups against US forces in the volatile region.

US and allied forces in Iraq and Syria have been targeted in more than 150 strikes since October 7, according to the Pentagon, after the deadly Hamas terror attack on southern Israel that sparked the ongoing Israeli offensive in Gaza.

Washington has carried out retaliatory strikes in both Iraq and Syria, but analysts have warned that the White House must tread carefully in its response to the latest attacks or risk plunging the Middle East into deeper conflict.

Biden also risks playing directly into the hands of Vladimir Putin, whose war in Ukraine would benefit greatly from a wider conflict, experts said, while one British MP warned that the conflict was also affecting the UK.

Such concerns come amid fears that the wars in Europe and the Middle East could escalate into something even bigger, with former US President Donald Trump even warning: ‘we are on the brink of World War Three’.

The death of three US soldiers in a drone attack by Iran-backed militants on the US base Tower 22 in Jordan (pictured) could further inflame the ongoing crisis in the Middle East, experts have warned, and could lead to a greater conflict

The death of three US soldiers in a drone attack by Iran-backed militants on the US base Tower 22 in Jordan (pictured) could further inflame the ongoing crisis in the Middle East, experts have warned, and could lead to a greater conflict

At least 34 personnel were also injured in Sunday’s attack in northeastern Jordan near the Syrian border, according to a statement from the US Central Command.

“While we are still gathering the facts of this attack, we know it was carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq,” Biden said in a statement after the attack. “No doubt – we will hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner of our choosing,” he warned.

Iran’s mission to the United Nations said in a statement on Monday that Tehran was not involved in the attack.

“Iran had no connection and had nothing to do with the attack on the US base,” the mission said in a statement published by state news agency IRNA.

It added: ‘There is a conflict between US forces and resistance groups in the region, who are retaliating with reprisal attacks.’

The US military said the attack took place at a base near the Syrian border.

It did not name the base, but a person familiar with the matter identified it as Tower 22 in Jordan – a base strategically located in Jordan, at the most northeastern point where the country’s borders meet. Syria and Iraq meet.

Little is publicly known about the base. But that includes logistical support and there are 350 US Army and Air Force troops at the base.

Former CIA director John Brennan described the deadly attack as a ‘dangerous escalation’ in the Middle East amid the Israel-Hamas war.

“Given that there are three US military personnel killed and more than two dozen injured — this is a significant attack,” Brennan said on MSNBC’s ‘Inside with Jen Psaki.’

‘Whether it was one or more drones, these are drones that are packed with explosives and then detonate on impact. But to have that type of casualty count suggested it was a pretty big one,’ he added.

The former CIA man also predicted there would be ‘consequences’ for the attack.

And as the White House has pointed out, Iran has cultivated relationships with a number of militia and extremist groups in Syria, Iraq and other areas as a way to exert pressure on regional adversaries as well as on the United States. Brennan said. .

“So the big question, I think, for the White House is whether it’s an Iranian-backed group or not, and whether we want the indirect attack, but either way, I think (there are going to be) consequences.”

In a scathing attack on Biden, former US President Trump suggested that the attack on the Jordan base brought the US to the brink of World War III.

Trump wrote on Sunday: ‘This brutal attack on the United States is another terrible and tragic result of Joe Biden’s weakness and surrender.

‘This attack would NEVER have happened if I were President, not even a chance – Just as the Iranian-backed Hamas attack on Israel would never have happened, the War in Ukraine would never have happened, and would we currently have Peace throughout the World. Instead we are on the brink of World War 3.’

Former President Donald Trump believes a third world war is imminent as he blamed Joe Biden's 'weakness and surrender' for the suicide drone strike that killed three US service members in Jordan on Saturday.

Former President Donald Trump believes a third world war is imminent as he blamed Joe Biden’s ‘weakness and surrender’ for the suicide drone strike that killed three US service members in Jordan on Saturday.

Michael Butler, associate professor of political science at Clark University, Massachusetts, said the attack was a “game changer” for the Biden administration’s strategy in the Middle East, adding that he expected a “serious escalation” soon.

“The attack on Tower 22 is undoubtedly a game changer for the Biden administration’s policy of deterrence,” Butler said.

“As the US tries to thread the needle between dismantling the capacity of Iranian proxies without directly involving Iran itself, it is hard to imagine that policy remaining viable now.

“I would expect that a serious escalation is around the corner,” he added.

However, experts also warned that the US must find the right balance in its response, or risk bringing the Middle East ‘to the precipice of a regional war’.

“The challenge for those crafting the U.S. response is to ensure that it is significant enough to prevent additional attacks on U.S. forces while also not starting another war in the region,” Alex Plitsas, of the Center -East Programs’ N7 initiative, tell the Atlantic Council’s think tank.

“This is why the United States and its allies must hold adversaries accountable at lower levels of deterrence to prevent movement on the escalation ladder that would bring the Middle East to the precipice of a regional war,” he added.

As for what such a response might look like, Matthew Kroenig – senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security – said targets could include Iran’s navy, its top leadership or even its nuclear program.

He said Iran had been waging a “shadow war” against the US in recent weeks, and blamed America’s “cautious” response out of fear of an escalation for demonstrating to Iran that it could “attack with impunity”.

“Deterrence works by convincing an adversary that the costs of attacking the US and its allies and interests greatly outweigh any conceivable benefits,” he said, before calling on US forces to toughen Iran to hit

“Washington can sink the Iranian navy, as then-President Ronald Reagan did in the 1980s,” he told the Atlantic Council.

‘It could hit Iranian naval bases. It could target Iranian leadership, following in the footsteps of then-President Donald Trump’s assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. It could seize this opportunity to humiliate Iran’s nuclear and missile program — which must be addressed soon, regardless.

Such action, he said, “would convey to Iran that it had badly miscalculated and that attacking the United States was a foolish decision that should not be repeated.”

The drone strike hit a US outpost in the northeastern part of the country known as Tower 22, near the Syrian border, and resulted in at least 34 other injuries.

The drone strike hit a US outpost in the northeastern part of the country known as Tower 22, near the Syrian border, and resulted in at least 34 other injuries.

But the US response to the strikes, experts have warned, also risks playing directly into the hands of another of his adversaries: Vladimir Putin.

With the Russian president currently waging war in Ukraine, Moscow would greatly benefit from further distraction in the form of a wider Middle East conflict, says Vlad Şutea, founder and chief analyst at the threat group. T-Intelligence.

Kyiv has been provided with funds and military assistance by its Western allies since Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

However, this support has hit roadblocks in recent months, with the attention of the US and its allies divided by Israel’s ongoing battle with Hamas, as well as attacks on ships by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebel group in the Red Sea.

“Global geopolitical and war risks are at their highest in recent years, with tensions escalating on every continent,” Mr Şutea told MailOnline at the weekend.

‘The current state of affairs appears to be remarkably beneficial to Russia, diverting attention and resources away from its ongoing war against Ukraine – as we are already seeing with Israel.

“The optimal scenario for Putin involves coordinated moves by his allies toward their respective goals: China’s aggression against Taiwan, Iran fully unleashing its proxies in the Middle East, a resumption of the Korean War, and a Venezuelan invasion of Guyana,” he said.

Meanwhile, British MP and former soldier Tobias Ellwood warned that any escalating conflict in the Middle East would also have an impact on the United Kingdom.

Speaking to TalkTV, he said: It’s just worth stressing, and it’s important for the British people to understand: This is one example of many of the new era of uncertainty we’ve entered and we need to prepare for . This is why there has been so much discussion about the size and complexion of our armed forces.

It does affect Britain, we must make it very clear: This is not an operation of choice, it is a necessity because our economy is increasingly affected by instability in the Middle East,’ he added.

“And of course it should not be forgotten, all prices that go up are for Iran’s benefit.”