Coalition denies death of 5 US soldiers in northern Syria


US soldiers. File photo

ARA News

A coalition spokesperson on Sunday denied reports that US coalition soldiers were killed in an ISIS-led explosion that targeted a munitions storage depot in the Kurdish town of Tel Temir, in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah Governorate.

“OIRSpox is aware of reports indicating 5 CJTFOIR troops were killed in Syria. These reports are incorrect; it’s misinformation,” Air Force Col John L. Dorrian Spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the US-led coalition against ISIS said on Sunday.

Reports circulated on social media and broadcasted by TRT and al-Arabiya channels claimed that US soldiers were killed in the blast.

The US-led coalition supports the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to take Raqqa from ISIS.

On 24 November, a Sailor assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) Two based in Virginia Beach died after being wounded in an improvised explosive device blast in Ayn al-Issa town, 50 kilometers northwest of Raqqa.

“We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton, who made the ultimate sacrifice on a day we set aside time to give thanks for our freedom and to recognize the men and women who defend that right,” said Rear Adm. Brian Brakke, commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.

“Condolences to CJTFOIR for the death of US soldier near Raqqa. On Thanksgiving Day we’re thankful for sacrifices of the US and Coalition,” Qubad Talabani, the Kurdistan Regional’s Deputy Prime Minister said last Thursday on Twitter.

Earlier this month the SDF launched their offensive to take Raqqa – the largest city occupied by ISIS in Syria.

However, the operation might be delayed by fighting between Turkish-backed rebels and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) over the town of al-Bab, local sources said.

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