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Four U.S. Service Members Were Killed In Northeastern Syria Attack – Report

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Four U.S. Service Members Were Killed In Northeastern Syria Attack – Report

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment on Sept. 9, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Syria. (Cpl. Gabino Perez/Marine Corps)

On November 8, four U.S. service members were killed in northwestern Syria, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The state-run agency said the service members were killed when their vehicle was hit with an improvised explosive device (IED) near the town of Markadah.

“Four soldiers of the American occupation were killed with an IED that targeted their vehicle in the countryside of the town of Markadah on the al-Hasakah-Deir Ezzor highway,” the SANA’s reporter said, citing local sources.

The U.S.-led coalition and its proxy in northeastern Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces, have not commented on the SANA’s claims, thus far.

On April 24 and July 3, the SANA released similar reports, claiming that U.S. service members were killed in attacks in northeastern Syria. Both reports were denied by the U.S.-led coalition, which said they were “false” and “fake news.”

The U.S. maintains around 500 personnel in northeastern Syria, supposedly to counter ISIS and to “guard” oil fields in the region. The U.S. military presence in the country was not approved by the official government in Damascus, nor by the United Nations.

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