Syria bomb kills 2 coalition troops, including an American
WASHINGTON — Two members of the US-led coalition fighting in Syria were killed — one US soldier and one British — and five others were wounded by a bomb in a late-night attack, the military said Friday.
The attack took place near Manbij in northern Syria and is believed to have been carried out by remnants of the Islamic State fighting force, a senior US military official said.
A statement posted by the US Central Command, which directs American forces in the region, said “an improvised explosive device” detonated Thursday.
The statement did not reveal the identities of the service members involved, how seriously the survivors were hurt, or where in Syria the attack occurred. The US-led coalition includes about 30 countries, but only a few have forces on the ground.
“The names of the deceased will be released at the discretion of the pertinent national authorities,” the statement said. “Details pertaining to the incident are being withheld.”
A statement released Friday by the Ministry of Defense in London confirmed that the second soldier killed in the blast was British and that the mission was to counter fighters with the Islamic State group.
Coalition forces have been deployed to Syria to fight against the Islamic State. But with that force largely routed, the civil war has entered a dangerous new phase.