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Trump was warned in Iraq that ISIS was not defeated in Syria

IS group claims deadly suicide attack on US-led coalition patrol in Syria Report: U.S. Soldiers Killed in Islamic State Syria Attack
Leonard Rios | 16 January, 2019, 22:11

The Islamic State's unofficial news agency, Amaq, said the attacker used an explosives-laden vest to target coalition forces and that nine American troops were killed or injured.

With military backing from Russian Federation since 2015, President Bashar al-Assad's government has made huge gains against the jihadists and rebels, and now controls nearly two-thirds of the country.

A local town council and a Syrian war monitoring group said the blast occurred outside a restaurant near the town's main market, near a patrol of the USA -led coalition, killing and wounding more than a dozen people.

"Six civilians were killed and 19 others wounded as a result of an explosion in the centre of the city of Manbij, while a U.S. military patrol was passing", Al Jazeera said.

"We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time", a coalition spokesman said in a statement posted on social media.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group first reported the incident, with the U.S-led coalition confirming that USA forces were killed.

"My concern, by the statement by President Trump, is that you set in motion enthusiasm by the enemy we're fighting", Graham said during a hearing in Washington. It stunned allies and raised fears of a long-threatened Turkish military offensive against US-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

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The Kurdish YPG has been a U.S. ally in the fight against the Islamic State group and it controls swaths of northern Syria. Pompeo told reporters that he spoke with Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, on Saturday.

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It was unclear whether the attack might influence Trump's decision to give more time for the USA withdrawal, a conflict he has become intolerant of and described as "sand and death". You make people we're trying to help wonder about us, ' he added, speaking of the local population and Kurdish fighters the USA has supported.

Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took a moment from the process to comment on President Trump's withdrawal plan for troops in Syria in light of this morning's deadly suicide bombing.

United States service members were killed in an explosion in northern Syria today. The ISIS extremist group has claimed responsibility.

Pictures and videos circulated online by activists in Manbij showed body parts scattered across the area where the attack took place.

"Terror hits the safe city of Manbij", Derwish wrote.

Separately, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said it would support efforts to establish a safe zone in northern Syria, one day after Turkey's president said his country would establish such a zone. In making his announcement, Trump declared in a video released on Twitter: "We have won against ISIS". One local militia member also was killed.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said December 6 that USA troops and allies had trained just 20% of 40,000 local forces needed to deter ISIS from making a comeback. Early reports said at least two soldiers were killed.

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