UK Special Forces soldier killed in Syria bomb blast

The soldier is understood to be a member of the Special Forces.

A MOD spokesperson said: “It is with regret that we must confirm that a member of the UK Armed Forces was killed by an improvised explosive device in Syria yesterday.

“The individual was embedded with US forces on a counter-Daesh operation when the incident occurred.

UK Special Forces soldier killed in Syria bomb blast
UK Special Forces soldier killed in Syria bomb blast

“The family has been notified and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“We cannot confirm any further details at this stage.”

The roadside bomb in northern Syria killed two coalition personnel, including an American, and wounded five others.

The US military did not confirm the location of the blast, but it came soon after one was reported in Manbij by a Syrian official.

US forces armoured vehicles near Manbij. File pic
Image:US armoured vehicles near Manbij. File pic

Manbij, an Arab-Kurdish mixed town close to the border with Turkey is at risk of Turkish military operation.

A US Department of Defence spokesman confirmed the American death.

The American was the fourth member of their military to have died in Syria since the US started attacking IS militants in September 2014.

US military spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon said: “There is an investigation under way to identify who they could possibly be. We have our initial assessment and thoughts on that but we won’t provide until the investigation is complete.”

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President Donald Trump said the US would be coming out of Syria “very soon” during a speech in Ohio on Thursday.

He said: “Let the other people take care of it now. Very soon, very soon, we’re coming out.”

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