UPDATE: The US-led coalition has confirmed the attack on its convoy, but claimed that “there were no US casualties”.
We can confirm a combined U.S. and Syrian partner force convoy was involved in an apparent VBIED attack today in Syria. There were no U.S. casualties. We will continue to review the situation and provide updates as appropriate.
— OIR Spokesperson (@OIRSpox) January 21, 2019
On January 21, a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device exploded at a checkpoint of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria, when a column of the US-led coalition was passing it. According to reports, 2 US service members were wounded and 5 SDF members were killed in the attack.
This was the second attack, which caused casualties among the US personnel in Syria, within a week. On January 16, a suicide bombing attack hit a coalition patrol in the center of Manbij. 2 US service members, a US Defense Department civilian employee and a contractor supporting the department were killed in the attack.
ISIS claimed responsibility for both attacks via its news agency Amaq.