First US soldier dies in Syrian Democratic Forces’ Raqqa operation

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US special forces in Syria with insignia of the Kurdish YPG. Photo: AFP

ARA News 

Raqqa – The US-led coalition announced on Thursday that it had lost its first soldier in the battle for Raqqa. The unfortunate American was caught in an IED blast near the town of Ayn Issa and subsequently succumbed to his wounds.

“A US service member died from his wounds in northern Syria, supporting our partners in the fight against ISIS terrorists,” said Brett McGurk, Presidential Envoy for the US-led coalition.

The US-led coalition is supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in Operation Euphrates Wrath. The operation was launched on November 6 with the penultimate goal of isolating the Islamic State (ISIS) in Raqqa city.

“The entire counter-ISIS Coalition sends our condolences to this hero’s family, friends and teammates,” said Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTFOIR).

“On this Thanksgiving, please be thankful that there are service members willing to take up the fight to protect our homeland from ISIS’ hateful and brutal ideology,” Lt Gen Townsend solemnly added.

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), Women’s Protection Units, Syriac Military Council, Raqqa Revolutionaries Battalion and Tel Abyad Revolutionary Brigade are participating in Euphrates Wrath.

In addition to these local fighters, foreign soldiers from a half-dozen nations are participating, either as YPG volunteers or under the auspices of the US-led coalition.

 

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