ISIS attacks restaurant patronized by US military

Four Americans were killed in a restaurant in Syria last week in a suicide bombing by ISIS.

The attack targeted American military convoy that often stopped to eat during patrols.

Among the dead are two service members, a civilian employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency and a military contractor. Three other service members were wounded and a total of nineteen people were killed, 10 Syrian civilians and five local fighters.

President Trump announced last month to end the American ground war in Syria.

In December, Mr. Trump announced he would withdraw American forces from Syria in as little as 30 days. A day later, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned in protest.

The military has begun withdrawing some equipment, but not troops, from Syria. The overall plan for the withdrawal has yet to be described in detail.

Vice President Mike Pence insisted in a statement that ISIS had been defeated.

“Thanks to the courage of our armed forces, we have crushed the ISIS caliphate and devastated its capabilities,” Pence said. “As we begin to bring our troops home, the American people can be assured, for the sake of our soldiers, their families and our nation, we will never allow the remnants of ISIS to re-establish their evil and murderous caliphate — not now, not ever.”

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