An American service member in Syria died on Thanksgiving from wounds suffered in a blast from an improvised explosive device, U.S. officials have said.
US Navy EOD Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott D. was killed in action as we ate our turkey dinners yesterday.
It is the first confirmed U.S. military fatality inside Syria since the joint military operation began. The U.S. government only acknowledged the presence of American troops in the war-torn country a year ago.
A statement released Thursday by the public affairs office of the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said the explosion took place in the vicinity of Ayn Issa in northern Syria.
No other information about the explosion or the victim was released.
“The entire counter-ISIL Coalition sends our condolences to this hero’s family, friends and teammates,” Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander of the joint operation, said in a statement, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) by an alternate acronym.
“On this Thanksgiving, please be thankful that there are service members willing to take up the fight to protect our homeland from ISIL’s hateful and brutal ideology.”
U.S. troops are part of the multi-nation effort to fight ISIS in the region.
RIP US Navy EOD Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott D. Thank you for your service.