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    US Military Says Helicopter Accident in Northeastern Syria Left 22 American Troops Injured

    US Military Says Helicopter Accident in Northeastern Syria Left 22 American Troops Injured

    — A helicopter accident in northeastern over the weekend left 22 American service members injured, the U.S. said Tuesday, adding that the cause of the accident was under investigation and that no enemy fire was involved.

    The military statement said the service members were receiving treatment and 10 were moved to “higher care facilities” outside the region.

    “A helicopter mishap in northeastern Syria resulted in the injuries of various degrees of 22 U.S. service members,” it said. “No enemy fire was reported.”

    A spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment.

    There are at least 900 U.S. forces in Syria on average, along with an undisclosed number of contractors. U.S. special operations forces also move in and out of the country, but are usually in small teams and are not included in the official count.

    U.S. forces have been in Syria since 2015 to advise and assist the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in the fight against the militant Islamic State group. Since the extremist group was defeated in Syria in March 2019, U.S. troops have been trying to prevent any comeback by IS, which swept through and Syria in 2014, taking control of large swaths of territory.

    However, IS sleeper cells remain a threat. There are also about 10,000 IS fighters held in detention facilities in Syria and tens of thousands of…

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