US troops killed in Jordan base drone attack named

The three US troops who were killed in a drone attack on an American base in Jordan have been named.

The Pentagon has identified those killed in the attack as Sgt William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Georgia; Spc Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, of Waycross, Georgia, and Spc Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Georgia.

The three US army reserve soldiers were assigned to the 718th Engineer Company, 926th Engineer Battalion, 926th Engineer Brigade in Fort Moore, Georgia.

Officials said that of the more than 40 wounded, most had cuts, bruises, traumatic brain injuries and similar wounds.

Of those, eight were medically evacuated and the most seriously hurt is in a critical but stable condition.

Meanwhile it has been revealed that the enemy drone may have been confused with an American unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) returning to the base.

As the enemy drone was flying in at a low altitude, the US UAV was returning to the small desert installation known as Tower 22 in northeastern Jordan near the Syria border and the hostile drone may therefore have been allowed to pass by mistake, according to a preliminary report cited by two officials, who insisted on anonymity.

As a result, there was no effort to shoot down the attacking drone that hit early on Sunday morning.

The base began as a Jordanian outpost watching the border, then saw an increased US presence after American forces entered Syria in late 2015.

The small installation includes US engineering, aviation, logistics and security troops, with about 350 US army and air force personnel deployed.