American Service Members Killed By Bomb Explosion In Northern Syria, ISIS Claims Responsibility
By Elizabeth McLaughlin, Luis Martinez – ABC News // January 16, 2019
Number of fatalities unknown
ABOVE VIDEO: American service members were killed in a bomb blast in Syria, the U.S. military confirmed Wednesday.
NORTHERN SYRIA (ABC NEWS) – American service members were killed in a bomb blast in Syria, the U.S. military confirmed Wednesday.
According to a tweet from the spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition, the unknown number of Americans were killed during an explosion while conducting a routine patrol.
“We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time,” the spokesperson said.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the blast, which occurred in the northern city of Manbij, saying one of its members carried out a suicide attack and detonated a vest with explosives, according to the Associated Press.
“The President has been fully briefed and we will continue to monitor the ongoing situation in Syria,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. She deferred all other questions to the Department of Defense.
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