An Iran-backed Iraqi militia suspected of a drone strike in Jordan that killed three US soldiers says it has suspended operations against US forces. Kataib Hezbollah, which is part of an umbrella group that claimed Sunday’s attack, said this was “to prevent embarrassment of the Iraqi government”.
The US defence department said: “Actions speak louder than words.” US President Joe Biden meanwhile said he had decided how to respond to the attack but did not elaborate.
Iran warned it would retaliate against any attack on its “interests”. Earlier, it denied US and British accusations that it was involved in the attack.
The US has hinted at an armed response that might come in several waves.
The three US soldiers were killed at a base next to the Jordanian-Syrian border by a “type of Shahed drone”, the one-way attack drones Iran has been providing to Russia, a US official told CBS News, the BBC’s US partner.
Dozens more soldiers were injured in the attack on Tower 22, which was struck while US forces were asleep in their bunks.