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US soldier killed in Syria blast

Man dies from wounds after explosion caused by improvised explosive device

Washington: A member of the US military died from his wounds Thursday after a blast caused by an improvised explosive device in northern Syria, the US military’s central command said.

The man was wounded by the explosion in the vicinity of Ayn Issa, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, commander of the US-led coalition fighting Daesh, was quoted as saying in a CENTCOM statement.

“The entire counter-[Daesh] Coalition sends our condolences to this hero’s family, friends and teammates,” Townsend said.

The victim’s identity was not immediately released. The coalition’s policy is to defer to the relevant national authorities, the statement said.

The death came as Americans celebrate their national holiday of Thanksgiving.

“On this Thanksgiving, please be thankful that there are service members willing to take up the fight to protect our homeland from [Daesh’s] hateful and brutal ideology,” Townsend said.