The fourth American causality in the bombing attack that targeted a US-led coalition patrol in the northern Syrian city of Manbij was identified as 27-year old interpreter Ghadir Taher, who worked for Valiant Integrated Services, a defense contractor with the Pentagon.
“We are extremely saddened by the tragic and senseless passing of Ghadir Taher. Out of respect to her family, we will make no further comment at this time other than to say she was a talented and highly-respected colleague loved by many who will be dearly missed,” Valiant Integrated Services said in a press release on January 19.
Ali Taher, who immigrated with his family to the U.S., told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he learned of his sister death from her employer. According to him, Ghadir died from injuries sustained in the attack.
The attack claimed the lives of three other Americans, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon M. Kent and DoD civilian employe Scott A. Wirtz.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred on January 16. However, new information indicates that the terrorist group may have lied to manipulate the investigation or to hide the trace of a third party.