Biden honors soldiers killed in Jordan drone attack

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – At Dover Air Force Base, Friday, President Joe Biden received the remains of three soldiers, 46-year-old Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 24-year-old Sgt. Kennedy Sanders and 23-year-old Sgt. Breonna Moffett, who were killed by a drone attack in Jordan.

“President Biden obviously is taking this moment very very seriously,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said.

The president met with the families privately. Both Murphy and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) say ceremonies like this show how important it is to honor the men and women who died serving the country. 

“They’re doing it knowing that they might not come back home and it’s not just that young man or woman that serves, it’s the whole family,” Murphy said.

“We have to pray for their families and support their families,” Reed said.

This is the second dignified transfer Biden has attended since he became president. The last time was in 2021, when 13 service members were killed during the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“We’ve had Iranian proxy groups shooting at U.S. troops for the better part of the last four years,” Murphy said.

The White House said the U.S. would retaliate against the groups it blames for the deadly drone attack. But Reed and Murphy agree, it’s important to keep current conflicts in the Middle East from escalating.

“We are now in a situation where we do want to selectively and precisely take out threats to our soldiers in the area,” Reed said.

“We have to do that without erupting a new major war,” Murphy said.

Source: Rocky Mountain News

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