Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

USA soldiers killed in Islamic State bombing in Syria

A Turkish military convoy at Kirikhan in Hatay region at the Syria border A Turkish military convoy at Kirikhan in Hatay region at the Syria border
Jeannette Daniel | 19 January, 2019, 04:42

The calls for a review of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw forces from Syria came from both Republicans and Democrats and from the most relevant committees-those dealing with U.S. foreign affairs and with the U.S. military.

'There was an attack today on a restaurant, I think it's the same restaurant I visited with the Kurds and Arabs and others in Manbij, Syria, to hold on some representative government, and unfortunately I believe some American advisers were killed there by ISIS, ' Graham began.

Graham was among those who appear to have been able to persuade Trump to slow down the announced withdrawal of about 2,000 us forces there. They also said surveillance video from a nearby building showed a lone attacker rushing into a crowd near a restaurant where us troops were known to meet with their coalition counterparts.

Meanwhile, the US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces vowed on Thursday to step up attacks on ISIS.

The President continues to believe that it's time for United States troops to return home, the officials said.

Ankara has welcomed Washington's planned withdrawal of some 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, but the future of Kurdish fighters has poisoned relations between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he did not believe the attack would have an impact on the U.S. decision to withdraw from Syria "because I saw honorable Trump's determination on this point".

"The President has been fully briefed and we will continue to monitor the ongoing situation in Syria", Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

The council said in a statement that women and children were among civilians killed and offered condolences for the "hero American soldiers" who died.

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Following Wednesday's attack, two United States officials told CNN that there are no current plans to reverse Trump's decision to begin withdrawing USA troops from Syria.

Witnesses at the scene said the explosion rocked a market area near the center of Manbij.

Critics claimed the move could damage the coalition efforts to fight Isis, and put the US's Kurdish allies in a vulnerable position.

Dozens of USA forces are based just outside of Manbij, which has been a flashpoint between US -backed Kurdish militias and Turkey.

Four US soldiers and more than a dozen civilians have been killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria. And now I'm seeing it in Syria'.

Russia, which has also been trying to broker a deal with Turkey, said earlier this month its military police had started doing patrols of their own in areas around Manbij.

"You set in motion enthusiasm by the enemy we're fighting".

Hours after the attack, Vice President Mike Pence told US diplomats during a speech that the ISIS caliphate "has crumbled and ISIS has been defeated".

Manbij has been held by USA -backed fighters allied to the Kurdish YPG militia since they took it from Islamic State in 2016.

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