The year 2020 has not been off to the greatest start…and that’s putting it lightly.
On New Year’s Day, a group of protesters backed by an Iranian militia attacked the US embassy in Baghdad, setting fires around the building and attempting to infiltrate the US consulate. ¬†Only after ¬†several dozen Marines were deployed to the area did the malfeasants scatter.
In retaliation, US President Donald Trump authorized an airstrike that killed Qasem Soleimani, one of Iran’s most influential military men – a general whose use of terrorism was concerning to the world at large.
Tehran turned livid at the news, issuing a series of scathing threats against the United States in retaliation.
Now, US service members are being attacked well south of Iran, in Kenya, by jihadist terrorists.
Three Americans were killed in Sunday’s terror attack in Kenya.
The Americans — a US service member and two civilian contractors working for the Defense Department — were killed in the attack carried out by Al-Shabaab, US Africa Command, which is responsible for military relations with nations on the continent, confirmed to CNN. Two DOD members wounded in the attack are now in stable condition and are being evacuated, Africa Command said.
The attack occurred at a Kenya Defense Force in Manda Bay, Kenya. Sources have previously told CNN that the base was used by US Special Operations forces working with the Kenyans.
Africa Command said the US uses the airfield for missions such as providing training to African allies, responding to crises and protecting US interests in the region.
Iran’s use of terror tactics has been an ongoing concern for decades, particularly in recent months as the Iranian regime carried out a series of attacks against the Middle East’s oil infrastructure.
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