A U.S. Army soldier and a British soldier were killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting operations against ISIS in Syria.
UK soldier Sgt. Matt Tonroe, 33, of Manchester was killed immediately in the March 29 9 p.m. explosion. Master Sgt. Jonathan J. Dunbar, 36, of Austin, Texas, died as a result of his injuries the next day. Dubar was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Ft Bragg, North Carolina.
CENTCOM said five more service members were wounded in the blast and were evacuated for medical treatment.
Details pertaining to the incident are being withheld pending further investigation, CENTCOM said. Kurdish media attributed the attack to ISIS.
The U.S. has increased the level of special operations troops in the flashpoint town of Manbij in northern Syria, where the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are positioned to defend against action by Turkey and its allied militias.