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.
The coalition group Operation Inherent Resolve has confirmed American military members were killed in the attack.
U.S. service members were killed during an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria today. We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time.
— OIR Spokesperson (@OIRSpox) January 16, 2019
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.