Washington (CNN)ISIS has claimed responsibility for a deadly explosion that killed US service members in the Syrian city of Manbij on Wednesday.
US service members were killed in the attack, according to a tweet from the spokesperson for the US-led coalition Operation Inherent Resolve.
“U.S. service members were killed during an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria today. We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time,” the tweet said.
The coalition has not said how many service members were killed. Prior to Wednesday’s attack, only two US service members had been killed in action in Syria since the start of the campaign in 2014.
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WNU Editor: The first reports are saying that 4 US soldiers were killed, 3 wounded …. U.S. official: four U.S. soldiers dead, three injured in Syria blast (Reuters). The media is portraying this attack as a repudiation of President Trump’s remarks last month that much of ISIS has been destroyed. I see it differently, this attack will only give ammunition to President Trump’s case and reinforce the mood among the American public that the U.S. should leave Syria.
US military says American troops killed in Syria blast — AP
IS group claims deadly suicide attack on US-led coalition patrol in Syria — France 24
U.S. service members killed by explosion in Manbij, Syria — NBC
Four U.S. troops reported among 16 dead in north Syria attack — Reuters
U.S. troops killed in Syria suicide attack claimed by ISIS — CBS
Four US soldiers killed by Isis in Syria, just weeks after Trump said ‘we have defeated’ terror group in country — The Independent