A boy walks the site of a suicide attack targeting US-led coalition forces in the flashpoint northern Syria which killed four US servicemen on Jan. 1
The Department of Defense on Friday identified three Americans killed after a suicide bomber triggered a heavy explosion Wednesday at a market in northern Syria, less than a month after President Donald Trump declared victory over Islamic State militants in the region. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, or Boynton Beach, Florida; Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon M. Kent, 35, or upstate New York; and DOD civilian Scott A. Wirtz of St. Louis, Missouri, were killed in the bombing in Manbij, Syria, according to the DOD.
All three died "as a result of wounds sustained from a suicide improvised explosive device," according to the U.S. military.
The fourth victim of the blast was not yet identified. The bombing incident is still under investigation.
The attack complicates a messy plan for U.S. withdrawal, a decision Trump's senior advisors disagreed with before offering and evolving timetable for the removal of the approximately 2,000 U.S. troops. The bombing also undergoes Pentagon assertions that the Islamic State is threatened with deadly attacks.
"US service members were killed during an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria today," the military's Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement .
A total of 16 people were killed in the midday explosion, including fighters with Syrian Democratic Forces. Those troops have fought alongside Americans in skirmishes with the Islamic State.
Contributing: John Bacon and Tom Vanden Brook and Kim Hjelmgaard
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