First US soldier dies in Raqqa operation in support of SDF

Raqqa, The US-led coalition announced on Thursday the death of the first American service member in the battle for Raqqa in Syria, after being hit in the explosion of an ISIS improvised explosive device in the vicinity of Ayn Issa town.

The US-led coalition is supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in isolating Raqqa in an operation that was launched the beginning of November.

“The entire counter-ISIS Coalition sends our condolences to this hero’s family, friends and teammates,” said Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.

“On this Thanksgiving, please be thankful that there are service members willing to take up the fight to protect our homeland from ISIS’s hateful and brutal ideology,” the head of the US-led coalition forces said.

“Per CJTFOIR: a U.S. service member died from wounds in northern #Syria supporting our partners in the fight against ISIS terrorists,” Brett McGurk, the anti-ISIS envoy for the US-led coalition said.

“LTG Townsend: Our entire coalition sends condolences to this hero’s family, friends, and teammates. More info released as appropriate,” he added.

The Syrian Democratic Forces launched the Euphrates Wrath Operation on 6 November, with support from the US-led coalition. The operation’s long-term objective is the isolation and elimination of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Raqqa.

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units, Women’s Protection Units, Syriac Military Council, Raqqa Revolutionaries Battalion and Tel Abyad Revolutionary Brigade are participating in Euphrates Wrath Operation for Raqqa. These ground forces are being bolstered by the US-led coalition, which is providing air support and advice from US military experts.

Also, dozens of Western volunteers have joined the US-backed ground forces in the battle for Raqqa.

Source- ARA News

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