ISIS targets US military in suicide bombing that kills four

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.

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