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2 U.S. Service Members, 2 U.S. Civilians Killed in Syria Blast

posted on January 18, 2019

The Associated Press’s Bassem Mroue reports, “Two U.S. service members and two American civilians were among those killed in an explosion while conducting a patrol in Syria on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, an attack that came less than a month after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from the war-torn country.” The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in the town of Manbij, which killed 16 people. Mroue adds, “Trump’s shifting timetable for pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, a country he described as ‘sand and death,’ has left allies and other players in the region confused and jockeying for influence over a withdrawal strategy that appeared to be a work in progress.”

Read at The Associated Press