Video Reportedly Shows Scene of Deadly Accident Which Took Life of US Servicemember in Syria

Middle East

The accident took place in al-Hasakah, an oil-rich region in northeastern Syria contested by the Syrian government, US-sponsored Kurdish forces, Turkey-backed militants and Daesh (ISIS)* remnants.

The Syrian Arab News Agency has obtained footage of the scene of the accident where a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve servicemember died on Tuesday.

The footage shows a US MRAP truck, laying upside down in a field about 10-15 meters off the road, with one vehicle beside it and more vehicles, one of them flying the American flag, stationary on the road.

At least one other soldier is reported to have been severely injured in the incident, and was transported to nearby US medical facilities.

The incident reportedly took place Tuesday evening in the Tell Tamir area, a small town in western al-Hasakaha governorate located at the strategic M4 Aleppo-Mosul highway and near a major roadway between the city of al-Hasakah and the Turkish city of Diyarbakir.

US coalition forces in Syria confirmed in a statement early Wednesday that a serviceman had been killed, indicating that “initial reports indicate the incident was not due to enemy contact.”

The traffic accident comes a week after multiple explosions rocked ammunition facilities and a regional headquarters of the US-backed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) outside the city of al-Hasakah, with as many as 10 militiamen reportedly wounded in…

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