Two US-led coalition personnel killed by ISIS IED blast in Syria

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Two US-led coalition personnel killed by ISIS IED blast in Syria
At least two members of the US-led coalition were killed by an IED blast in Syria Thursday (File photo: AP)

At least two US-led coalition personnel were killed and five others injured by an ISIS IED blast in Syria.

The attack, which is the first fatal strike on the coalition this year, happened Thursday night at around 4pm ET.

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Those wounded were evacuated for further medical treatment.

A coalition statement did not give the names or nationalities of those killed.

It explained: Details pertaining to the incident are being withheld pending further investigation.

In this picture taken on Thursday, March 29, 2018, U.S. soldiers sit on a house that turned to an outpost on a road leading to the tense front line between U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council fighters and Turkish-backed fighters, at Halawanji village, north of Manbij town, Syria. The front line has grown more tense in recent days as Turkey threatens to advance on the town to clear it of the U.S-backed fighters. U.S troops have increased their patrols in the area, local commanders say, to prevent an outbreak of fighting and to prevent Turkey from advancing on Manbij. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
US soldiers pictured manning an outpost on March 29, hours after at least two members of the American-led coalition in Syria were killed by an IED (Picture: AP)

The attack happened shortly after Donald Trump vowed to withdraw U.S. Forces from Syria very soon.

He told a gathering of construction workers in Richland, Oh., Well be coming out of Syria, like, very soon.


Let the other people take care of it now.

Very soon. Very soon were coming out.

Were going to have 100% of the caliphate, as they call it – sometimes referred to as land – taking it all back quickly, quickly.

epa06636241 US President Donald J. Trump speaks about his infrastructure plan during a visit to Local 18 Richfield Training Facility in Richfield, Ohio, USA, 29, March, 2018. EPA/DAVID MAXWELL
Donald Trump pictured speaking on Thursday March 29. He vowed to withdraw US Forces from Syria less than an hour before an IED killed two members of the US-led coalition (Picture: EPA)

But were going to be coming out of there real soon. Going to get back to our country, where we belong, where we want to be.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert appeared to contradict Trump after when asked if she was aware of any planned withdrawal.

She answered: I am not, no. No.

His axed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has argued that the U.S. should remain in Syria to prevent the return of al-Qaeda, and temper the behavior of the countrys president Bashar al-Assad.


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