Coalition Troops Are Reported Target in Deadly North Syria Blast

Coalition Troops Are Reported Target in Deadly North Syria Blast

Coalition Troops Are Reported Target in Deadly North Syria Blast

The warning comes into new light with the news that a suicide blast in northern Syria counts American troops among the dead and as Trump presses forward with a withdrawal of United States forces from the country.

The Manbij Military Council militia has controlled the town since US-backed Kurdish-led forces took it from Islamic State in 2016.

A Pentagon spokeswoman said that only two us troops had previously been killed in action in Syria.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency, citing unnamed local sources, said a number of US soldiers were injured in the blast and that the USA military evacuated soldiers by helicopter. "We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time", a spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve, the USA -led coalition against ISIS, wrote on Twitter without specifying the number of casualties.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group initially said 16 people had been killed in all, including two Americans.

"My concern by the statements made by President Trump, is that you set in motion enthusiasm by the enemy we're fighting". During the past four years, USA -backed forces have helped oust the terrorist group from almost all of the territory it once held in the two countries and are now helping fight the group in its last refuge along the Syria-Iraq border. Commanders told him the U.S. had been successful in taking back other areas but that the job was not finished.

"We are bringing our troops home", Pence said in an address to 180 USA ambassadors and chiefs of missions overseas gathered for a conference in Washington.

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Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took a moment from the process to comment on President Trump's withdrawal plan for troops in Syria in light of this morning's deadly suicide bombing.

The attack, claimed by ISIS, comes less than one month after President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced he would withdraw all American forces from the war-ravaged country. It is located near areas held by Russian-backed Syrian government forces and by anti-Assad fighters backed by Turkey. Estimates of its strength range from 2,000 to 30,000, but even at the low end it's enough of a core on which to rebuild once the U.S. and others remove pressure from ISIS.

A local news site reported that a huge explosion erupted in the city center near a girls' school and a restaurant.

"The caliphate has crumbled and ISIS has been defeated", Pence said, without referencing the attack.

But Manbij has also been seen as a flashpoint between the Kurds and US ally Turkey, which views the main Kurdish militia, the YPG, as a terrorist organization with links to Kurds in Turkey.

The Pentagon says the US has begun withdrawing troops, NPR reports.

The explosion, reportedly caused by a suicide bomber, hit near the main market in the northern city of Manbij, witnesses told Reuters.

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