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Arrow Pentagon identifies U.S. soldier killed in Syria during operation against ISIS

Pentagon identifies U.S. soldier killed in Syria during operation against ISIS
By Ellen Nakashima March 31 at 5:32 PM

The Pentagon on Saturday identified a U.S. service member who died Friday from injuries he suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol in Syria a day earlier.

Master Sgt. Jonathan Dunbar, 36, of Austin, Tex., is the second American killed in action in Syria since the United States began backing local forces in a conflict President Trump has vowed to leave.

The Thursday attack occurred during an operation against the Islamic State that also left a British service member dead. Five others were injured.

The deaths occurred about two hours after Trump promised in a speech in Ohio to withdraw the roughly 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria “very soon” and “let the other people take care of it.”

The incident, which took place in the city of Manbij in northern Syria, is under investigation, the Defense Department said.

Dunbar was assigned to the headquarters of U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C. He joined the Army in 2005, and he had deployed three times to Afghanistan and Iraq. He was given three Bronze Stars.

The “headquarters” designation for soldiers assigned to the command has been linked to the Army’s secretive Delta Force counter-terrorism unit.

Also killed was Sgt. Matt Tonroe, a British soldier who served in the 3rd Battalion of the elite Parachute Regiment. Tonroe had deployed numerous times for operations in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Trump has been pressing for the removal of U.S. troops from Syria, saying it makes little sense for the United States to have so many forces in the country if it has all but won the war against the Islamic State. His remarks were not planned, and it was not clear what prompted him to mention Syria in a speech about infrastructure. One administration official said it could be a year or longer before such a move happens.

The president’s advisers have convinced him to stay for now to prevent the Islamic State from reemerging and to lay the groundwork for a potential peace agreement that would be beneficial to the United States.

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