NBC News reports:
U.S. service members were among those killed by an explosion in Syria on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the coalition fighting the Islamic State group said. Earlier, a senior Kurdish security official told NBC News that members of the U.S.-led coalition were caught up in a blast at a market in the northern city of Manbij. The official could not confirm the number of injured or dead, but said Americans were among the casualties.
Forces were on foot in the city when they were approached at around 1 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET) by a man wearing civilian clothing with explosives hidden underneath, the Kurdish official added. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack through recognized social media accounts, claiming a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest attacked coalition forces. Manbij is located near the border with Turkey.
The death tally for US soldiers is four. This comes just weeks after US president Donald Trump declared that the terror group was defeated.
Four families are going to get very awkward calls from the President.
On the same day that ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly explosion that killed US service members in the Syrian city of Manbij , VP Pence just said at a conference “The caliphate has crumbled and ISIS has been defeated.”— Allie Malloy (@AlliemalCNN) January 16, 2019
Pence made no mention of the attack or deaths.
JUST IN FROM @CENTCOM: Two US service members, one DoD civilian, and one DoD contractor killed, three service members wounded in today’s attack in Syria— Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra) January 16, 2019