U.S. Soldiers Killed in Islamic State Syria Attack

U.S. Soldiers Killed in Islamic State Syria Attack

A witness in the city said the attack had targeted a restaurant where US personnel were meeting members of the local militia that Washington backs there.

A Pentagon spokeswoman said that only two U.S. troops had previously been killed in action in Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said 16 people had been killed in all, including two Americans.

Witnesses at the scene said the explosion rocked a market area near the center of Manbij.

Following the incident, social media videos purportedly showed a U.S. helicopter flying over the city of Manbij.

In response, Turkey began threatening those partners in Manbij, and the US had to work to prevent the Turks from carrying out any attacks.

The U.S. military says American service members have been killed during an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria.

IS no longer holds fixed positions in the Manbij area and is now defending its very last pocket of land against US-backed Kurdish-led forces in eastern Syria. "We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time", Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, said in a statement. We certainly have done a lot of damage to ISIS and kicked it out of its most prominent redoubts, but we have not defeated ISIS in Syria.

The president eventually said the pullout would be more gradual, but on Friday, a military official said the US-led military coalition had begun the process of withdrawing the troops from Syria.

The American president did not immediately react to the United States troop deaths, but Vice President Mike Pence double-downed on Trump's declaration that the United States would pull all of its 2,000 troops from Syria.

On Dec. 19, Trump made the surprise announcement that USA troops would be withdrawn.

IS said one of its militants detonated an explosive vest next to a USA patrol in the Kurdish-held town of Manbij. Since then, U.S. officials and Trump himself have suggested the withdrawal would be slower than initially thought.

Just four weeks after President Donald Trump declared victory over the Islamic State group, the jihadists conducted a brutal attack in Syria on Wednesday that highlighted a very different reality on the ground. There was no immediate confirmation of those figures from Operation Inherent Resolve, the US -led coalition against the Islamic State. Kurdish forces, US partners in the fight against ISIS, control the area.

The White House announced that Trump has been "fully briefed" on the Manbij attack, as one would assume.

"My concern, by the statements made by President Trump, is that you set in motion enthusiasm by the enemy we're fighting", he said during a Judiciary Committee hearing on Attorney General nominee William Barr.

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