A team of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrived in the northern Syrian city of Manbij in order to launch an investigation into the recent bombing attack that killed several Americans, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on January 17 citing a “special source.”
“A team of the FBI arrived in Manbij few hours ago and began an investigation into the bombing of the Prince restaurant in the middle of the city,” the SOHR’s report reads.
According to the U.S. Army Central Command (CENTCOM), two U.S. service members, one Department of Defense (DoD) civilian and one contractor supporting DoD were killed and three service members were injured in Manbij attack.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and said that it was carried out by a suicide bomber named “Abu Yasin al-Shami.” However, the Manbij Military Council (MMC) arrested a “terrorist” cell linked to Turkish intelligence only hours after the attack, in what appears to be an attempt to blame Turkey for the bombing.
The involvement of the FBI indicates that the U.S. is not buying ISIS claims, meaning that a third party may have indeed played a role in the unusual attack.