Jordan drone attack: Why are US troops in the Middle Eastern country?

The recent drone strike against U.S. forces in Jordan has posed the question of why American forces are in the Middle Eastern country and just how many troops are stationed there.

The Iraqi militia drone strike killed three U.S. service members and injured at least 40 others on Sunday after it targeted a lesser-known Army base called Tower 22.

Here is what we know about the U.S. forces stationed in Jordan.

A satellite photo from Planet Labs PBC shows a military base known as Tower 22 in northeastern Jordan on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. A satellite image taken Monday of the Jordanian base targeted by a bomb-carrying drone that killed three U.S. soldiers appears to show damage at the site. (Planet Labs PBC via AP)

What are US forces doing in Jordan?

There are multiple reasons for the U.S. deploying troops
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