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Syrian War Report – Jan. 17, 2019: 4 Americans Killed, 3 Injured In ISIS Attack In Manbij

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On January 16, a suicide bombing attack hit the center of Manbij in the province of Aleppo. According to initial reports, over 25 people were killed  or injured in the attack, which also caused casualties among US service members. Minutes after the explosion, a coalition H-92 helicopter landed in Manbij for an evacuation operation.

Later the US military stressed that 2 US service members, a US Defense Department civilian employee and a contractor supporting the department were killed while “conducting a routine patrol” in the area. The names of those killed were not released immediately.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and revealed that it was carried out by a suicide bomber named “Abu Yasin al-Shami”. According to local sources, al-Shami blew himself up in front of a US-led coalition patrol outside the Prince Restaurant in the center of Manbij.

This was the first successful ISIS suicide attack aimed at US-led coalition forces in Syria. Previous attacks were mainly aimed at US-backed Kurdish fighters and locals cooperating with the coalition.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Manbij attack “could be meant to dissuade the U.S. from leaving Syria”. The president added that he does not believe that the  attack will impact U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria because he saw “honorable Trump’s determination on this point.”

However, the full withdrawal of US forces from Syria still remains in question, especially after another bright media demonstration of the remaining ISIS influence in the country. Earlier it appeared that the US is going to continue its operations in Syrian airspace even when the troops are fully withdrawn.

On January 15, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that the US delegation led by National Security Advisor John Bolton conveyed to the Turkish side “an unofficial five-point document in which the United States confirms the withdrawal of its troops from Syria, the determination to continue the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group and Washington’s intention to maintain its presence in Syrian airspace as part of the coalition”.

The developing US withdrawal and a reported US-Turkish understanding on a safe zone in northern Syria also forced the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to adapt their approach towards Turkey.

The SDF claimed that it hopes to find an understanding with Turkey and promised to provide all necessary help to establish a “safe zone”. However, the group insisted that there should be international guarantees.

“We never posed any threat to neighboring countries, especially Turkey, we hope and look forward to reaching understandings and solutions which would ensure stability and safety in the border areas,” the SDF’s official statement said.

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  • MADE MAKER

    Not Enough….AMERICANS KILLED

    • FlorianGeyer

      IED’s got the yanks out of Iraq, so we know its a strategy that works and if a few Blue on Blue ISIS attacks against the US also happen in the Middle East , it would be Karma for the devastation and death that the US is responsible for there.

      • Tommy Jensen

        …got yanks out of Iraq? In which dimension?

        • Zionism = EVIL

          In a galaxy far far away.

        • FlorianGeyer

          The ‘dimension’ when the US troops left Iraq, only to return after the Saudi funded, ISIS, gained ground.

  • Anastasis

    Usually the Heads of States send condolences and no criticism of staff losses. The Turkish president is in a desperate situation because he will lose the position of the first player in the Syrian civil war if Trump changes his mind and does not withdraw his troops. That is why he tries to delight him in fine words “honorable determination”.

  • Zaphod Braden

    ISISrael did it.
    The chaos in Syria was winding down. The TRAITORS in the Pentagon had spent 24 months at $10MILLION a DAY bombing sand. ISIS continued to hold miles long parades of OUR equipment complete with flags on clear, dry, sunny days, and the TRAITORS in the Pentagon “could not seem to HIT them with any of those thousands of bombs”. ..
    https://forzanuova-us.org/2……..
    http://original.antiwar.com
    Then the Russians came in and blew the ISIS asses off. Have you noticed the parades ENDED as soon as Russia showed up?
    ISIS has ZERO antiaircraft abilities. the TRAITORS in the Pentagon could have dropped bombs from HOT AIR BALLOONS or BIPLANES ……. We KNOW who the Pentagon is working for and it is NOT America.
    That would be a “tragedy” for Turkey and Israel who are BOTH genocidally flooding White, CHRISTIAN Europe with muslum invaders …………. that war had to get going again …..
    Deliberately creating refugees to genocidally flood Europe ………… Israel and Turkey dream of splitting Syria between them ….
    (1) Saudi Arabia and the ruling Saudi family(who are Jewish … look it up) are the founders and big backers and supporters of those extremist Jihadis from days of Afghanistan’s war against the Soviets. The Sunni Saudis dream of exterminating the Shia Syrian & Iranians. (study the JEWISH roots of the “royal” family) Look how the Saudis now openly support Israel.
    (2) Turkey/Erdogan, dreaming of a new Ottoman Empire, wants Syrian land, Erdogan wants to complete the CONQUEST of Europe that was stopped by SOBIESKI in 1683 ….. http://www.brotherjohnf.com/turkeys-drive-restore-ottoman-era-influence/
    (3) Israel plans on grabbing Syrian land for “greater israel”, creating hell on earth while clearing enemy population from around it’s borders http://thefreethoughtproject.com/isis-commander-israeli-mossad-agent/ and —- http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13961107000942 Israel is doing Satan’a work of spreading chaos through the mideast with the aim of grabbing land .
    (4) America, the “MASTERBLASTER” from the movie “Thunderdome” a giant moron ridden on and directed by Twisted Jewish Dwarves ……..
    Who PROFITS? Who benefits by clearing enemy populations away from their borders so it can steal land for “greater israel” while genocidally flooding CHRISTianity at the same time.
    Who BRAGS that they are behind this Invasion. NOTE how they call the muslums their ALLIES & BROTHERS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk25AeFWMNs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUH-4XXEuoc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c8FYcKWJzY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LGOd4xWAtI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53A5AJoRxF0 What the Jews think of YOU.

  • alejoeisabel

    It’s a lose lose for the United States. The United States and Israel cannot remove Bashar Assad when he enjoys the support of the Syrian Arab Army and the people of Syria. Syria’s internal enemies are Israeli and Saudi proxies, and everyone knows it. No one will support traitors unless they are paid.

  • mehmood mayet

    Jews must force draft upon the WHITES only and dispatch them to confront the brown Muslims globally. WHITES must be sacrificed for the glory of ZION

  • Harsha

    They are making a reason not to leave Syria.