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Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Press Conference | Feb. 1, 2024 |

It's been a difficult few days for the Department of Defense. And the entire Department is united in our outrage and sorrow over the death of three U.S. service members on Sunday in Jordan.

We all mourn the loss of three Army Reserve soldiers serving at Tower 22: Sergeant William J. Rivers, age 46; Sergeant Kennedy L. Saunders, age 24; and Sergeant Breonna A. Moffett, age 23.

Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and their loved ones. And we know that this grief will never leave them. We hope that they know that the Department's love and support will never leave them either.

We're also praying for the other American troops who were wounded.

Now, our teammates were killed when a one-way attack drone struck their living quarters. And we continue to gather the facts about this deadly attack.

Our fallen soldiers had a vital mission: to support Operation Inherent Resolve and to work with our partners to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS. They risked their lives -- and lost their lives -- to keep their fellow Americans safe from global terrorism.

The President will not tolerate attacks on American troops, and neither will I.

Our teammates were killed by radical militias backed by Iran and operating inside Syria and Iraq. In the aftermath of the vile Hamas terrorist assault on Israel on October 7th, terrorist groups backed by Iran and funded by Iran have tried to create even more turmoil, including the Houthis attacking commercial shipping in the Red Sea.

So this is a dangerous moment in the Middle East. We will continue to work to avoid a wider conflict in the region, but we will take all necessary actions to defend the United States, our interests, and our people. And we will respond when we choose, where we choose, and how we choose.

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