Syria – US Service Members Killed in ISIS Attack

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Several American service members were killed in an attack claimed by ISIS in Manbij, Syria. Reuters reported that four Americans were killed and three wounded in the suicide bombing at the al-Omara restaurant during a “routine patrol” in the area. The service members were reportedly evacuated by helicopter. The ISIS member who blew himself up was dressed in a local military uniform.

Update: Independent military news is reporting that 2 military members, one contractor, and one DoD member were  the personnel killed.

Conflicting reports say that the coalition forces were inside having lunch or patroling nearby when the blast occurred.

Middle East Eye reported,

Fourteen others died in the attack, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based activist group.

Amaq, IS’s propaganda arm, said the attacker targeted the patrol using an explosive vest.

Witnesses and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia that controls the town near the Turkish border appeared to confirm this, saying the blast hit a restaurant with coalition troops inside.”

Eyewitnesses told Middle East Eye that the attack took place at the al-Omara restaurant, which is a favourite among locals, especially at lunchtime. 

Khaled Awsah, who lives in the Kurdish-controlled area, told MEE that dozens had been wounded in the attack and hospitalised, including his brother, who was waiting for him at the restaurant. 

“There were SDF [Syrian Democratic Forces] and American fighters having lunch as well, like the locals, who come every day to eat in that restaurant, which is famous and located in the middle of the city.”

“I saw someone wearing an explosive vest who blew himself up in the restaurant,” he added.

This is a video of the moments before and as the attack occurred:

Featured Photo: Screenshot via @ICESERVE24 on Twitter

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