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Memorial Day ceremony in Baghdad honors US Army soldiers killed in Iranian-backed drone attack

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US military personnel stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, paid tribute to the three US Army soldiers who were killed in a drone attack in Jordan earlier this year during a Memorial Day service at Union III base in Baghdad’s Green Zone. The soldiers, Sgt. William Rivers, Spc. Breonna Moffett, and Spc. Kennedy Sanders, were killed in a drone attack by an Iranian proxy group at Tower 22, a small US outpost in northeast Jordan, near the Iraq, Syria, Jordan tri-border. They were stationed at Tower 22 to support the mission to defeat ISIS.

The soldiers had been stationed at Tower 22 just across the border from Syria, where over 100,000 people lived at its height, with concerns about infiltration by ISIS. However, the camp has since dwindled to around 7,500 people due to a lack of supplies, according to UN estimates. The base originally began as a Jordanian border observation outpost and saw an increased US presence after American forces entered Syria in late 2015. The small installation now includes US engineering, aviation, logistics, and security troops, with about 350 US Army and Air Force personnel deployed there.

The Memorial Day ceremony at Union III included a ceremonial wreath presentation by Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve to honor the fallen service members. Maj. Gen. J.B. Vowell, Commanding General of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, also wrote the name of a fallen service member on the Memorial Day wall during the ceremony. The soldiers, Rivers, Sanders, and Moffett, were all assigned to the 718th Engineer Company, an Army Reserve unit based in Fort Moore, Georgia.

The soldiers’ deaths in the drone attack in Jordan prompted the US military personnel in Baghdad to hold a Memorial Day service to honor their sacrifice. The ceremony included a solemn wreath presentation and the writing of the fallen soldiers’ names on the Memorial Day wall. The soldiers, Rivers, Sanders, and Moffett, were stationed at Tower 22 in Jordan to support the mission to defeat ISIS, where concerns about infiltration by the extremist group were heightened.

The base where the soldiers were stationed originally began as a Jordanian border observation outpost and saw an increased US presence after American forces entered Syria in late 2015. The installation now includes US engineering, aviation, logistics, and security troops, with around 350 US Army and Air Force personnel deployed there. Despite the dwindling population at the camp due to a lack of supplies, the US military continues its mission in the region to combat extremism and support stability.

The soldiers’ service and sacrifice were remembered by their comrades at the Memorial Day service in Baghdad, highlighting the dangers faced by US military personnel deployed in different parts of the world. The fallen soldiers, Rivers, Sanders, and Moffett, were part of the 718th Engineer Company, an Army Reserve unit based in Fort Moore, Georgia, and their memory will be honored by their fellow service members and the nation they bravely served.

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