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US Service Member Killed In Syria

(Arlington National Cemetery - May 22, 2008) -- Flags stand vigil at gravesites in Arlington National Cemetary. The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) began their rounds to place a small American flag into the ground in front of every grave marker at Arlington National Cemetery for the upcoming Memorial Day observance. (Photo by Adam Skoczylas).(Arlington National Cemetery - May 22, 2008) -- Flags stand vigil at gravesites in Arlington National Cemetary. The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) began their rounds to place a small American flag into the ground in front of every grave marker at Arlington National Cemetery for the upcoming Memorial Day observance. (Photo by Adam Skoczylas).

A U.S. service member was killed Friday in Syria after injuries sustained from a vehicle rollover, the Pentagon announced.

The service member’s death comes just two days before Memorial Day in the U.S., and military personnel will likely release his identity after his family is notified. He is only the second to be killed in Syria while training, advising and assisting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against the Islamic State.

The U.S. has hundreds of special operators inside Syria, along with hundreds of U.S. Marines providing fire support to the SDF. The troops are largely confined to the northern part of the country where the SDF and Kurdish militias relied upon by the U.S. operate.

President Donald Trump has indicated that “not many” more U.S. troops will be needed in Syria to defeat ISIS on the battlefield.

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