What is Tower 22, site of the attack on US troops in Jordan?

Jan 28 (Reuters) – Three U.S. troops were killed and dozens wounded after a drone hit a military outpost in Jordan known as Tower 22.

Here is what is known about the base:


Tower 22 holds a strategically important location, opens new tab in Jordan, at the most northeastern point where the country’s borders meet Syria and Iraq.


Little is publicly known about the base. But it is near Al Tanf garrison, which is located across the border in Syria, and which houses a small number of U.S. troops. Tanf had been key in the fight against Islamic State and has assumed a role as part of a U.S. strategy to contain Iran’s military build-up in eastern Syria.

Tower 22 is located close enough to U.S. troops at Tanf that it could potentially help support them, while also potentially countering Iran-backed militants in the area and allowing troops to keep an eye on remnants of Islamic State in the region.

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