URGENT JOINT STATEMENT: Citizens for a Secure and Safe America, the Syrian Emergency Task Force, and the Syrian Institute for Progress Condemn Attack on US Forces in Jordan and Mourn Fallen American Soldiers



JANUARY 29, 2024

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Citizens for a Secure and Safe America (C4SSA), the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), and the Syrian Institute for Progress (SI4P), three Syrian American non-profit organizations, express their deepest condolences and grief over the tragic loss of three U.S. service members soldiers in a drone strike near the Syrian border in northeast Jordan. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and loved ones of the courageous individuals who sacrificed their lives in service to their country.

This attack, attributed to Iran-backed militias, underscores the urgent need to address the growing threat posed by these groups. C4SSA, SETF, and SI4P emphasize that the alliance between the Assad regime in Syria and Iran has significantly contributed to the escalation of tensions in the region, culminating in the loss of American lives.

The United States, along with its allies, must take decisive actions to identify and hold accountable those responsible for this reprehensible act. C4SSA, SETF, and SI4P stand united with the international community in advocating for a strategic response to ensure the safety of American troops and regional stability.

As details continue to emerge, it is essential to recognize the role of the Assad regime in perpetuating instability. Syria remains a launch pad for Iranian-backed forces. The Syrian government’s complicity in allowing Iran-backed militias to operate freely within its borders poses a direct threat to the security of the entire region.

The attack, carried out by a large drone at the US base known as Tower 22, resulted in the tragic loss of American lives and left at least 34 more injured. This attack is a stark reminder of the dangers posed by Iran-backed militias empowered by the Assad regime. The proximity of the strike to the troops’ sleeping quarters highlights the gravity of the situation and the urgent need for a comprehensive strategy to counter the influence of these dangerous alliances.

The escalating attacks on US military installations, witnessed more than 60 times in Iraq and over 90 times in Syria, highlight the urgent need for the international community to address the root cause of the problem. C4SSA, SETF, and SI4P reiterate their commitment to advocating for a secure and stable Middle East, free from the oppressive forces of the Assad regime and its dangerous alliance with Iran.5

We call on the international community to join hands in addressing this critical issue and stand against the Iranian-backed militias that threaten peace and security in the region. C4SSA, SETF, and SI4P mourn the loss of the American soldiers and remain resolute in their mission to promote a safer and more secure future for all.

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Citizens for a Secure and Safe America

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Maria Cure, Director of Communications

Syrian Emergency Task Force

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