In the noon of March 9, a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) exploded on a main road in the outskirt of the northern city of Manbij, which is controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
ISIS immediately claimed responsibility for the attack and said that one of its suicide bombers targeted a joint convoy of SDF and US-led coalition troops. The terrorist group’s news agency, Amaq, claimed that three U.S. service members were killed in the attack.
“The convoy that was targeted in the martyrdom attack on Manbij-al-Bab road included several U.S. personnel,” Amaq quoted a security source as saying.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed that the suicide bomber targeted two vehicles of U.S. forces and the SDF. However, the monitoring group said that only two SDF fighters were injured in the attack.
Less than two months ago, an ISIS suicide bomber blew himself inside a restaurant in Manbij’s center killing four U.S. personnel. This was the biggest loss of the coalition since the beginning of the war on ISIS.
The US-led coalition and the SDF have not commented on ISIS claims yet. Both sides don’t acknowledge such attacks, unless U.S. service members were injured or killed.