American soldier killed in Syria, stepped on an improvised explosive device. About it reports Reuters with a reference to the statement of the Central command (CENTCOM) of the Armed forces of the United States.
The incident occurred near the town of ain Issa in Northern Syria, located about 56 kilometers North-West of Raqqa, the militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH, banned in Russia) consider as their capital. Other details of the incident and the identity and rank of the deceased are not reported.
According to the newspaper The Washington Post, the U.S. military suffered its first combat loss in Syria in the course of the operation “Unwavering commitment” (Inherent Resolve) conducted against ISIS.
American special forces troops operating in Syria from October 2015. According to official data, currently in the country there are about 500 U.S. military personnel, which are primarily support units of the armed opposition coalition “Forces of democratic Syria” (SDS). In early November, the U.S. Secretary of defense Ashton Carter announced the start of operations of SDS to liberate Raqqa from is militants.
The us air force began to bomb the facilities and the location of the troops in Iraq from 8 August and Syria from 23 September 2014. According to the Pentagon, quoted by TASS as of November 23, during this campaign, killed 27 American soldiers. Four of them were killed in the fighting, the other 23 and another civilian who was working under contract with the Ministry of defense, died under “other circumstances”, 21 American soldier was hurt.