US Airman arrested for insider attack on American troops in Syria

Soldiers in Syria supporting the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) mission in 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jensen Guillory)

An unidentified member of the United States Air Force was arrested in connection to explosions that injured American service members in Syria in April.

The Pentagon did not specify if the Airman is the same person who was under investigation earlier this month for setting off the explosives that injured four.

“We won’t release the individual’s name unless charges are preferred. It is too early in the process for a charge sheet. It will be available if charges are preferred,” the statement said. The expectation is charges could be filed within the next few weeks,” Ann Stefanek, an Air Force spokesperson told CNN.

The Pentagon refused to disclose many details but did state the Airman was arrested in the United States.

“As part of an ongoing investigation, on June 16, an Airman was taken into custody stateside in conjunction with the attack in Green Village, Syria. After reviewing the information in the investigation, the Airman’s commander made the decision to place him in pretrial confinement,” Stefanek said.

The investigation into the attack is a joint investigation involving the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

The attack on April 7th was originally believed to be a rocket or mortar attack carried out by militia groups, but after a week it was determined that the explosives were placed deliberately.

Investigators determined the attack to be a “deliberate placement of explosive charges by an unidentified individual(s) at an ammunition holding area and shower facility.”

The four service members injured by the explosions were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries but returned to duty later in April.

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