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US service member killed in blast in Syria: official

Friday, Nov 25, 2016,11:39 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Washington | A member of the US military died from his wounds after a blast caused by an improvised explosive device in northern Syria, the US military’s central command said.

The man was wounded by the explosion in the vicinity of Ayn Issa, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, commander of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, was quoted as saying in a CENTCOM statement yesterday.

“The entire counter-ISIL Coalition sends our condolences to this hero’s family, friends and teammates,” Townsend, using another acronym for the Islamic State.
The victim’s identity was not immediately released. The coalition’s policy is to defer to the relevant national authorities, the statement said.

The death came as Americans celebrate their national holiday of Thanksgiving.
“On this Thanksgiving, please be thankful that there are service members willing to take up the fight to protect our homeland from ISIL’s hateful and brutal ideology,” Townsend said.