Georgia lawmakers mourn ‘inexcusable’ deaths of three soldiers from the Peach State


Georgia lawmakers mourned the loss of three U.S. soldiers from their state who were killed in an ‘infuriating’ Iran-backed drone strike. 

The drone attack on a U.S. military base in Jordan late Saturday resulted in three deaths and over 40 injuries

The three soldiers killed were Sgt. William Rivers, 46 of Carrollton, Georgia, Specialist Kennedy Sanders, 24 of Waycross, Georgia and Specialist Breonna Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Georgia, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp wrote that he was saddened to learn that the three soldiers killed in Saturday’s attack were all Georgians. 

‘These soldiers gave the last full measure of devotion in service to this country,’ Kemp wrote in a statement. 

‘This inexcusable loss of life and the attack from terrorists that resulted in these casualties is a reminder of why we stand with the friends of liberty.’

Specialist Breonna Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Georgia has been identified as one of the soldiers killed in the drone strike 

One of the American soldiers killed in suicide drone strike on a base in Jordan has been identified as Kennedy Ladon Sanders (pictured)

One of the American soldiers killed in suicide drone strike on a base in Jordan has been identified as Kennedy Ladon Sanders (pictured)

Georgia Republican Rep. Buddy Carter said he too was saddened and infuriated by the attack that claimed his constituents lives.

‘The First Congressional District, along with the state of Georgia, and our country grieve today as 2 of its very own lost their lives defending this great nation,’ Rep. Buddy Carter of Georgia posted on X

‘We will never stop praying for our troops and the families as they grieve their loved ones,’ Carter wrote. ‘Breonna & Kennedy are, and will forever be remembered as, heroes.’

There are 13 military bases in the Peach State representing every branch of the military except the Coast Guard.

Sanders’ father, Shawn Sanders, said on Facebook, ‘Our family would like to thank you for the respect given to Kennedy. Munchkin will be missed by many.’

Her mother, Oneida Oliver-Sanders, said, ‘I just can’t believe I’ll never be able to hug and kiss my baby again. Life is so unfair. I just want my baby.’

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp shared his condolences in a statement posted on X

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp shared his condolences in a statement posted on X

The drone attack late Saturday night impacted a U.S. outpost located in the northeast part of the country known as Tower 22, near the Syria border, and resulted in at least 34 other injuries

The drone attack late Saturday night impacted a U.S. outpost located in the northeast part of the country known as Tower 22, near the Syria border, and resulted in at least 34 other injuries

Republican Rep. Buddy Carter posted on X that Sanders and Moffett were from his district

Republican Rep. Buddy Carter posted on X that Sanders and Moffett were from his district

Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh said all three soldiers were assigned to the 718th Engineer Company, a U.S. Army Reserve unit based out of Fort Moore, Georgia.

The government of Waycross said on Facebook, ‘The City is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Kennedy Ladon Sanders, who gave her life in service to our country.’

‘We offer our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends during this difficult time. In honor of her sacrifice, the City has lowered our flags to half-mast today. We are also working on additional ways to pay tribute to Kennedy and her service.’

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones as they mourn this tremendous loss.’

Sanders graduated from Ware County High School in 2017. 

Moffett’s mother, Regina RaMo, said, ‘This is one of the saddest days of my life. With a heavy heart I have to say that my Angel my first born has going on to be with GOD today. The pain will never go away and my life is forever changed.

‘I will never get to cook your favorite food, we will never get to talk on the phone and I will never see you walk through my front door again. Breonna Moffett was killed this morning. Just know that a piece of my heart and soul will always be missing. Love you Baby Girl. Rest Easy. Always will be my first born.’

The city of Waycross will lower their flags to half-mast to honor Sanders sacrifice

The city of Waycross will lower their flags to half-mast to honor Sanders sacrifice 

Family members of the 24-year-old Waycross, Georgia native confirmed Sanders was one of the soldiers killed in the attack. The other two have not been identified

Family members of the 24-year-old Waycross, Georgia native confirmed Sanders was one of the soldiers killed in the attack. The other two have not been identified

Sanders mother, Oneida Oliver-Sanders, said, 'I just can¿t believe I¿ll never be able to hug and kiss my baby again. Life is so unfair. I just want my baby'

Sanders mother, Oneida Oliver-Sanders, said, ‘I just can’t believe I’ll never be able to hug and kiss my baby again. Life is so unfair. I just want my baby’

Her father, Shawn Sanders, said on Facebook, 'Our family would like to thank you for the respect given to Kennedy. Munchkin will be missed by many'

Her father, Shawn Sanders, said on Facebook, ‘Our family would like to thank you for the respect given to Kennedy. Munchkin will be missed by many’

Sanders graduated from Ware County High School in 2017

Sanders graduated from Ware County High School in 2017

As of Sunday morning, Iran – the main backer of anti-Israel group Hezbollah – and its proxies are the main suspects, officials said.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the U.S. failed to stop the attack because the enemy drone approached its target at the same time as a U.S. drone returning to base and the two were confused. 

Modern military aircraft, naval vessels and ground vehicles are fitted with technology known as Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Transponders, which identify ‘friendly’ vehicles. 

It’s unclear whether the system in use at the Jordan base malfunctioned or if human error was involved.   

The suicide drone was launched by from Iraq by a militia backed by Tehran, according to U.S. officials, and hit the base which sits close to the borders of both Iraq and Syria. 

President Joe Biden vowed ‘we shall respond’ to a suicide drone strike that killed three U.S. service members in Jordan late on Saturday night. 

Biden issued a statement on Sunday mourning the loss of the slain service members – the latest casualty as the unrest in the Middle East persists.

‘Today, America’s heart is heavy. Last night, three U.S. service members were killed – and many wounded – during an unmanned aerial drone attack on our forces stationed in northeast Jordan near the Syria border,’ Biden said.

‘While we are still gathering the facts of this attack, we know it was carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq.’

He added how the three fallen soldiers ’embodied the very best of our nation’ and declared they died ‘risking their own safety for the safety of their fellow Americans, and our allies and partners with whom we stand in the fight against terrorism.’

‘It is a fight we will not cease,’ Biden, 81, proclaimed. 

While not identifying the militants responsible, the statement confirmed the strike was the work of anti-Western jihadists operating somewhere in the region. 

Moffett's mother, Regina RaMo, said, 'This is one of the saddest days of my life. With a heavy heart I have to say that my Angel my first born has going on to be with GOD today'

Moffett’s mother, Regina RaMo, said, ‘This is one of the saddest days of my life. With a heavy heart I have to say that my Angel my first born has going on to be with GOD today’

All three soldiers were assigned to the 718th Engineer Company, a US Army Reserve unit based out of Fort Moore, Georgia

All three soldiers were assigned to the 718th Engineer Company, a US Army Reserve unit based out of Fort Moore, Georgia

The suicide strike comes as conflict in the war-torn region continues to escalate, with the war between Israel and Hamas terrorists in Gaza still ongoing, and Iran currently exchanging airstrikes with U.S. ally Pakistan. 

Both countries, as of Sunday, boast a bevy of Iran-aligned militias, including Hezbollah and several other Shia militant groups.

Since the Syrian War in 2011, Iran has also backed multiple Palestinian terror groups based in Gaza, and various terrorist groups in Bahrain and elsewhere across the Middle East.

In 2019, the nuclear-capable country acknowledged the involvement of the force in the Iraq and Syria conflicts, spurring the U.S. to designate the Iranian army as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

Iran has also been known regional militant and proxy groups to achieve deniability in such strikes, as well as shield it from accountability for its destabilizing policies.

The country is also currently embroiled in an artillery-laden game of chicken with its own neighbor in Pakistan, which is one of NATO’s main allies in the Middle East.

Just last week, Pakistan’s air force launched retaliatory airstrikes on two alleged militant positions in Iran, days after an Iranian airstrike killed two children in their own country.

The air attacks in Sistan and Baluchestan province killed at least seven – and added to tensions already present between the two nations and the region as a whole.

 A few weeks ago, Pakistan recalled its ambassador to Tehran because of Tuesday’s strikes by Iran inside Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province. Iran claimed it targeted bases for a militant Sunni separatist group.

It drew strong condemnation from Pakistan, which denounced the attack as a ‘blatant violation’ of its airspace and said it killed two children.

If Marhamati’s account of the casualties is correct, the country duplicated Pakistan’s minor-killing offense at least two fold.

As Iranians continue to assess the full scope of the attack, the war more than a thousand miles west in Israel continues to rage.

Another 1,000 miles southwest, four fresh strikes were carried out by the U.S. on Yemen, targeting anti-ship ballistic missiles used by another rebel group backed by Iran, the Houthi.

An outspoken enemy of both the US and Israel, Iran currently trains the Hezbollah militia group (seen here in Baghdad in 2019), which for years has sought to join the Palestinian cause. The group has not been named as responsible for Saturday's attack

An outspoken enemy of both the US and Israel, Iran currently trains the Hezbollah militia group (seen here in Baghdad in 2019), which for years has sought to join the Palestinian cause. The group has not been named as responsible for Saturday’s attack

Earlier in the month, shortly after Iran’s attack on Pakistani soil, the group warned that British and American ships in the Red Sea have now become ‘legitimate targets’, given the state of the greater conflict.

The Houthis have since targeted ships in the region sporadically, with the attacks ramping up recently.

In response, the U.S. launched Operation Prosperity Guardian – an international coalition to safeguard the region, with many other countries, including Spain and the UK, taking part.

A reported 1,200 commercial ships have passed through the sea since the operation was launched on December, with none hit by drone or missile strikes until the first phase of the Sunday strike, when militants attacked the Hangzhou with several missiles.

The Sunday attack shows the group’s continued resolve to support Hamas, which Israel recently pledged to continue to try to eradicate.





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