Last week, four Americans were killed in a restaurant in Syria that was previously considered safe, in a suicide bombing by the Islamic State.
- 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, including 10 Syrian civilians and five local fighters.
- In December, President 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.
- So far, the military has begun withdrawing some equipment from Syria. The overall plan for the withdrawal has yet to be described in detail.