US service member killed in blast in Syria: official

The victim's identity was not immediately released. The coalition's policy is to defer to the relevant national authoritiesA member of the US military died from his wounds after a blast caused by an improvised explosive device in northern Syria, the US military’s central command said. The man was wounded by the explosion in the vicinity of Ayn Issa, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, commander of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, was quoted as saying in a CENTCOM statement. “The entire counter-ISIL Coalition sends our condolences to this hero’s family, friends and teammates,” Townsend, using another acronym for the Islamic State.

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