U.S. troops reportedly killed in Syria suicide attack claimed by ISIS

By Tucker Reals

/ CBS News

A handful of U.S. troops have reportedly been caught up in an attack in northern Syria, and a monitoring group says Americans are among the dead. There was no immediate confirmation from U.S. officials that any American forces were in the city of Manbij, not far from the Turkish border, when an explosion hit a vehicle convoy on Wednesday.

Manbij is just 20 miles from the border with Turkey, in an area held by Kurdish forces allied with the U.S. military coalition fighting ISIS. ISIS' self-styled news agency Amaq reported online that the attack was carried out by a member of the group wearing a suicide vest.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters that 14 people were killed in the attack, including two U.S. soldiers.

The U.S. about 2,000 troops still in Syria, though President Trump has ordered a withdrawal which is expected to be completed within four months.

Videos posted to social media in Syria showed a coalition helicopter hovering over the area before landing in a nearby soccer field. Another shows it taking off, and separate clips show what appear to be U.S. forces on the ground around the scene of the explosion.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

First published on January 16, 2019

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