ISIS has claimed responsibility for the recent attack on a patrol of US-led coalition forces in the strategic city of Manbij.
“A martyrdom attacker with an explosive vest stuck a patrol of the international coalition in the city of Manbij in northeastern Aleppo,” the ISIS-linked news agency, Amaq, said in a short press release.
According to the available information, the terrorist attack claimed the lives of at least ten local fighters and two U.S. service members [according to later reprots – 4 US servicemembers were killed, 3 injured]. The US-led coalition and the Manbij Military Council (MMC) are yet to confirm or deny this.
“CJTF-OIR [Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve] is aware of open source reports regarding an explosion in Syria. Coalition forces conducted a routine patrol in Syria today. We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time,” the coalition said on Twitter.
Local sources released a video showing the exact moment of the attack inside the Prince Restaurant. No U.S. service members can be seen outside the restaurant. This may confirm that they were all inside when the suicide bomber blow himself up.
This is the first time ISIS cells attack US-led coalition forces in Syria. Previous attacks were mainly aimed against Kurdish fighters and locals who cooperated with the coalition.