First U.S. service member killed in Syria

Posted by | November 24, 2016 18:30 | Filed under: News Behaving Badly War & Peace

The life was lost by an improvised explosive device Thursday.

The service member was killed near Ayn Issa, a town roughly 35 miles northwest of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa. The death marks the first time a U.S. service member has been killed in the country since a contingent of Special Operations forces were deployed there in October 2015 to go after the extremist group.

“The entire counter-[Islamic State] coalition sends its condolences to this hero’s, family, friends and teammates,” said Lt. Gen Stephen Townsend, the commander of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. “On this Thanksgiving please be thankful there are service members willing to take up the fight to protect our homeland from [the Islamic State’s] hateful and brutal ideology.”

The Pentagon usually waits 24 hours before releasing the name of a casualty to ensure proper notification to the service member’s family.

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One response to First U.S. service member killed in Syria

  1. StoneyCurtisll November 25th, 2016 at 03:41

    What a horrible thing to happen to a family at Thanksgiving…

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