At least four United States troops killed in Syria blast claimed by Isis

Syrian displaced women walk around the Internallly Displaced Persons camp of al Hol in al Hasakkah governorate in northeastern Syria

Syrian displaced women walk around the Internallly Displaced Persons camp of al Hol in al Hasakkah governorate in northeastern Syria

The Kurds have been critical to the US efforts to coordinate among dozens of armed groups that were trying to overthrow the government of President Bashar Assad, fight ISIS and battle one another all at the same time.

The U.S. -led coalition said that "U.S. service members were killed during an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria today".

An image grab taken from a video obtained by AFPTV on 16 January 2019 shows U.S. troops gathered at the scene of a suicide attack in the northern Syrian town of Manbij.

The attack, claimed by ISIS, comes less than one month after President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced he would withdraw all American forces from the war-ravaged country.

President Trump surprised his own officials on 19 December when he announced that all USA troops would be leaving the country.

"President Trump and I condemn the terrorist attack in Syria that claimed American lives and our hearts are with the loved ones of the fallen".

Pence did not mention the attack in his address to 184 chiefs of US diplomatic missions who gather annually in Washington from around the world to discuss foreign policy strategy.

"My concern about the statements made by President Trump is that (he) had set in motion an enthusiasm by the enemy we are fighting", Graham said.

Turkish-backed militias in Syria are also reportedly awaiting orders from Ankara to move against the Kurds, but with USA forces still in place, no fighting has happened yet.

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A bomb has exploded in a packed area of the flash-point city of Manbij in northern Syria, killing a number of civilians in the attack according to media reports.

There were unconfirmed initial reports that the coalition troops killed were Americans.

"Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions", he said on Twitter.

Statements published by the Islamic State's unofficial news agency, Amaq, said the attacker used an explosives-laden vest to target coalition forces and that nine American troops were killed or injured.

President Trump warned Erdogan that he would "devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds", in a tweet posted Sunday night.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a deadly explosion that killed United States service members in the Syrian city of Manbij on Wednesday.

"Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey", he went on.

Another important development to watch is the upcoming meeting on Syria between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin scheduled for January 23 in Moscow. "I know people are frustrated, but we are never going to be safe here unless we are willing to help people over there who will stand up against this radical ideology".

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