Two troops, one of which is American, were killed and another five were wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Syria on Thursday.

The attack occurred in Manbij, an ethnically diverse town comprised of both Arabs and Kurds near the Turkish border in the Aleppo region. Coalition forces have been in the area since around August 2016, when they supported the local Kurds.

 

“We have maintained a relationship with the Manbij Military Council (MMC), which was created to defend Manbij from [ISIS],” an OIR official previously told Military Times.

 

It is not immediately clear who placed the IED there.

The Turkish government has labeled the Kurdish militant group YPG as a terrorist organization.

A day before the IED attack, Turkey’s National Security Council, chaired by authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, threatened in a statement that Ankara “will take action” if the YPG fighters do not withdraw immediately.

The nationality of the other Operation Inherent Resolve official is unknown.

ISIS has been nearly defeated as it was reported in late December that fewer than 1,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, the coalition said.

 

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