Jan. 16 (UPI) — U.S. troops have been amongst a number of killed in an assault Wednesday close to Syria’s border with Turkey — a bombing claimed by the Islamic State terror group, officers mentioned.
The troopers died at a busy restaurant in Manbij, a key metropolis in northern Syria patrolled by a U.S.-led coalition. The explosion occurred when a suicide bomber approached coalition forces and blew himself up.
Video footage confirmed an explosion on a busy avenue and what seemed to be a U.S. helicopter evacuating the wounded. It wasn’t instantly clear what number of have been killed or what number of have been U.S. troops.
The Islamic State claimed credit score for the assault on its information web site Amaq.
Operation Inherent Resolve mentioned in a Twitter publish coalition members carried out a “routine patrol” within the space.
“CJTF-OIR is conscious of open supply stories relating to an explosion in Syria. Coalition forces carried out a routine patrol in Syria immediately. We’re nonetheless gathering info and can share extra particulars at a later time,” OIR wrote.
Manbij is an space that is patrolled by U.S. troops backing the Syrian Democratic Forces. Wednesday’s assault is the primary to incorporate U.S. casualties since President Donald Trump introduced a full U.S. withdrawal from Syria.
That announcement led to the resignation of U.S. Protection Secretary James Mattis and calls from Republican legislators like U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for Trump to rethink. Since then, nationwide safety adviser John Bolton has mentioned the pullout will likely be based mostly on circumstances that defend Kurdish fighters, who’ve been a part of the U.S.-led coalition.
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