U.S. Troops on Site of Syria Deadly Blast

US-Led Coalition Denies Involvement in Daquq Airstrikes Against Civilians

Hours earlier, CNN had aired footage of a suicide attack in Manbij, a us -patrolled city in Syria, an attack which claimed the lives of an as-yet-undetermined number of American troops, and for which ISIS has claimed responsibility.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 16 people were killed, including two members of the US -backed military coalition.

The warning comes into new light with the news that a suicide blast in northern Syria counts American troops among the dead and as Trump presses forward with a withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country.

Four US soldiers and more than a dozen civilians have been killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.

"The longer the Trump administration delays the previously announced withdrawal, the more troops we're likely to needlessly sacrifice... Now it's time for our troops to come back home".

In initial remarks from the USA administration, Vice President Mike Pence said the United States would fight to ensure the defeat of the Daesh but reiterated plans to pull troops out of Syria.

The Turkish government considers the YPG an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for three decades.

Since the US began launching military operations in mid-2014 in Iraq and Syria, ISIS has lost roughly 99% of its territory, but it still poses a security threat. "We've got the remnants, a relatively small amount of remnants of [IS] bottled up in a small geographic area and we are determined to finish that off and then hand the battle off to our indigenous partners", Milley said at an army association breakfast.

Graphic evidence released on social media showed devastation at the apparent scene of the blast, which was named as the Qasr al-Umra restaurants, with storefronts destroyed and evidence of the blast.

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The U.S. began the process of pulling out last week, when it hauled vehicles and equipment from northeast Syria into neighboring Iraq.

USA forces are in Manbij to back Kurdish and Arab fighters who have driven IS out of nearly all of eastern Syria.

An Islamic State-affiliated website said the attack was the work of a suicide bomber.

The Kurdish Hawar news agency, based in northern Syria, and the Observatory, which monitors the war through activists on the ground, reported United States troops were among the casualties. Four U.S. soldiers were killed and three others wounded in the blast, a U.S. official told Reuters.

The Observatory said that a helicopter it claimed belonged to the coalition took troops to a hospital east of the Euphrates River.

Manbij is highly strategic: It is the main town on the westernmost edge of Syrian territory held by the US -backed Syrian Kurds, running along the border with Turkey. That plan triggered immediate pushback from military leaders, including the resignation of the defence secretary.

Turkey has positively responded to US President Donald Trump's offer to establish a 32-km buffer zone, Kalın said but added that the details of the zone needed to be worked out.

The YPG, a Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has waged a decades-old insurgency against the Turkish state, is a key component of a local force that often carries out joint patrols with the coalition.

On Wednesday, a witness in Manbij said the attack had targeted a restaurant where American military personnel were meeting members of the local militia that Washington backs there. Likewise, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that "ensuring that the Turks don't slaughter the Kurds" was "still part of the American mission" in Syria.



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