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US troops in Syria targeted by suicide bomber for the second time in less than a week


ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack on a U.S.-led coalition convoy

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A suicide bomber attacked a joint convoy of U.S. and allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria Monday, the Associated Press reported. There are no reports of casualties among the U.S. led coalition members.

"We can confirm a combined U.S. and Syrian partner force convoy was involved" in the suicide bomb attack, U.S. military Col. Sean Ryan said, according to the AP. "We will continue to review the situation and provide updates as appropriate."

It's the second attack aimed at a convoy involving U.S. forces in less than a week. ISIS claimed responsibility for Monday's bombing on its propaganda news outlet, Amaq.

What happened?

The blast occurred at a checkpoint in the town of Shaddadeh the Hassakeh province as a coalition convoy was passing through near the Iraqi border.

A "combined U.S. and Syrian partner force convoy was involved in an apparent VBIED (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) attack today in Syria," the Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, wrote on Twitter.

Two Kurdish fighters were reportedly wounded in the explosion, the Kurdish Hawar News Agency in northern Syria reported.

What happened in last week's attack?

A suicide bomber attacked a restaurant in the city of Manbij in northern Syria that killed 16 people Wednesday.

ISIS quickly claimed responsibility for the explosion that claimed the lives of two U.S. troops and two Americans.

What else?

There have been conflicting reports that as many as five people were killed in Monday's blast.


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