CENTCOM Identifies Three US Army Reservists Killed in Drone Strike in Jordan

US Central Command has identified the three US Army soldiers killed in a drone attack on a US outpost in Jordan and members of an Army Reserve Engineer Company. The dead are SGT William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, GA; SPC Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, of Waycross, GA; and SPC Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, of Savannah, GA.


The attack took place at the “Tower 22” outpost inside a larger US base area.

About 350 Army and Air Force personnel are at this location, providing logistics support for anti-ISIS operations. My original report said 25 were wounded. That number has since been raised to 34, with eight requiring medevac out of theater.

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The 718th’s home base is Harmony Church on Fort Benning, Georgia, or whatever they are calling it this week.

According to authorized leaks by the US military, a drone operated by Iranian proxy forces was mistaken for a US-operated drone. That suicide drone detonated in the sleeping compartment area of the compound, killing the three soldiers. As my colleague Ward Clark notes, there are a ton of unanswered questions about how the official narrative came to be.


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I’m by no means a “bring all the troops home” type of guy. I think forward deployed forces enhance our national security. I was never quite clear on why we particularly cared about ISIS, as that was Iran’s problem. I’m much less clear on why they are our problem now. I think this tragedy should open a discussion, one we needed to have about a decade ago, on what in the hell we are doing in Syria and Iraq and why we should be doing it. Because this tragedy is going to happen again.

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