U.S. service members killed in suicide bombing in Syrian city of Manbij

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 9:33 AM PT — Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Syria, which took the lives of at least 20 people. At least two of the fatalities were reportedly American service members.

The blast happened early Wednesday near a U.S.-led coalition patrol in Manbij. A man wearing an explosive vest struck a military patrol near a vegetable market. The man was allegedly targeting U.S. troops, who were conducting a routine patrol.

This frame grab from video provided by Hawar News, ANHA, the news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria, shows a damaged restaurant where an explosion occurred, in Manbij, Syria, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Syrian war monitoring group, and a local town council said Wednesday that the explosion took place near a patrol of the U.S.-led coalition and that there are casualties. (ANHA via AP)

The coalition group Operation Inherent Resolve has confirmed American military members were killed in the attack.

President Trump has reportedly been briefed on the situation, and the U.S.-led coalition in the area is gathering additional details.

This attack is the deadliest on U.S. forces in Syria since American troops were deployed there in 2015.