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Biden chooses response to drone strike that killed 3 US troops, says Iran ‘responsible’ but he doesn’t want wider war

WASHINGTON — President Biden said Tuesday that he has decided how to respond after three US troops were killed in a weekend drone attack on an outpost in Jordan — but hastened to add that he does not want to expand the conflict in the Middle East.

Biden, 81, told reporters as he left the White House for a fundraising swing through South Florida that “Yes” he had decided how to respond to the Sunday attack, which an Iran-backed militant group is suspected of committing.

“I don’t think we need a wider war in the Middle East. That’s not what I’m looking for,” the president added.

Asked whether he holds Iran responsible for the soldiers’ deaths, Biden said, “I do hold them responsible in the sense that they’re supplying the weapons to the people who did it.”

Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, were killed and more than 40 US troops were wounded in the attack on the remote outpost near the Syrian border.

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