The US Central Command announced Thursday that a US soldier had died from injuries sustained by ISIS booby trap near Ain Issa in northern Raqqa.
“I am deeply saddened by the news on this Thanksgiving Day that one of our brave servicemembers has been killed in Syria while protecting us from the evil of ISIL,” US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said in a statement on the issue. “It is a painful reminder of the dangers our men and women in uniform face around the world to keep us safe.”
US Special Forces servicemen are massively presented along with the so-called “Syrian Democratic Forces” that claim to advance on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. Despite this, the SDF and its US allies have been unable to isolate the city.
According to the Pentagon, the SDF is now within about 12 miles of Raqqa.