A U.S. service member was among the two military personnel killed and five wounded in Syria on March 29 as part of Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS, officials announced on Friday.
The service member killed was reportedly an Army Green Beret, NPR reports.
The U.S.-led coalition announced that the personnel were targeted by an improvised explosive device in an undisclosed location.
News of the casualties came with an announcement that OIR forces conducted 21 separate military strikes against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria between March 23 and March 29 as part of the coalitions ongoing efforts to "degrade, disrupt and dismantle" the terror network.
There are currently 2,000 U.S. troops fighting ISIS in Syria as part of OIR. But put speaking before supporters at a rally in Ohio on March 29, President Donald Trump said that U.S. forces "will be coming out of Syria, like, very soon."
"We’re knocking the hell out of ISIS. We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon," the commander-in-chief said. "Let the other people take care of it now. We got to get back to our country where we belong, where we want to be."
This is a breaking news story and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
A small unmanned aerial vehicle built by service academy cadets is shown here flying above ground. This type of small UAV was used by cadets and midshipmen from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy, during a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-sponsored competition at Camp Roberts, California, April 23-25, 2017. During the competition, cadets and midshipmen controlled small UAVs in "swarm" formations to guard territory on the ground at Camp Roberts. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Drones have been used in conflicts across the globe and will play an even more important role in the future of warfare. But, the future of drones in combat will be different than what we have seen before.
The U.S. military can set itself apart from others by embracing autonomous drone warfare through swarming — attacking an enemy from multiple directions through dispersed and pulsing attacks. There is already work being done in this area: The U.S. military tested its own drone swarm in 2017, and the UK announced this week it would fund research into drone swarms that could potentially overwhelm enemy air defenses.
I propose we look to the amoeba, a single-celled organism, as a model for autonomous drones in swarm warfare. If we were to use the amoeba as this model, then we could mimic how the organism propels itself by changing the structure of its body with the purpose of swarming and destroying an enemy.
Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment "Dark Horse," 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are escorted by observer controllers from the U.S. Army Operational Test Command after completing field testing of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) Sept. 24, 2018. (U.S. Army/Maj. Carson Petry)
The Army has awarded a $575 million contract to BAE Systems for the initial production of its replacement for the M113 armored personnel carriers the service has been rocking downrange since the Vietnam War.
President Donald Trump has formally outlined how his administration plans to stand up the Space Force as the sixth U.S. military service – if Congress approves.
On Tuesday, Trump signed a directive that calls for the Defense Department to submit a proposal to Congress that would make Space Force fall under Department of the Air Force, a senior administration official said.