31 Mar '18, 6pm

Pentagon identifies American soldier killed in Syria explosion

A 36-year-old soldier has been identified as the American servicemember killed in an improvised explosive device blast in Manbij, Syria. Master Sgt. Jonathan J. Dunbar of Austin, Texas, died Friday after the IED detonated near his patrol, according to a news release from the Defense Department. U.K. Sgt. Matt Tonroe was identified as the other servicemember killed in the blast. His is the U.K.’s first combat death in the anti-ISIS fight. The 33-year-old enlisted in the U.K. Army in 2004 and had deployed numerous times to Afghanistan and the Middle East, according to a statement from the Ministry of Defence. He served in the 3rd Battalion of Britain’s elite Parachute Regiment. Five others with the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition were also wounded in the explosion and had been evacuated for treatment. Additional details of the incident were being withheld pending an in...

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