Four US troops are reported to have been killed and three others wounded in suicide bombing in the Kurdish-controlled Syrian city of Manbij.
The Islamic State assumed responsibility for the attack, which allegedly involved a so-called “martyr” with a suicide vest detonating near US troops at a nearby eatery.
According to CBS News, Manbij is twenty miles away from the Turkish border, and is currently under Kurdish control.
US troops involved with Operation Inherent Resolve were reportedly on a “routine patrol” when the attack took place, and it is unknown if they had stopped at the restaurant to eat.
“CJTF-OIR is aware of open source reports regarding an explosion in Syria,” an OIR spokesperson wrote on Twitter. “Coalition forces conducted a routine patrol in Syria today. We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time.”
The United States still has about 2,000 troops in Syria, and are expected to withdraw within 120 days.
The White House reported that President Donald J. Trump has been briefed on the situation.
The Kurdish-controlled area along the Syrian-Turkish border has become a topic of debate in the aftermath of news concerning the US withdrawal plans, particularly in regards to whether or not the Turkish government will move to wipe out Kurdish forces once the Americans leave.
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