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

7, 2019. The bombing, claimed by the Islamic State group, comes after President Trump's announcement last month that he was ordering a full troop withdrawal from Syria because the jihadists had been "largely defeated." (Photo: DELIL SOULEIMAN, AFP / Getty Images

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.


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