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BREAKING: American Troops Massacred in ISIS Ambush

Conflicting reports suggests as many as four U.S. troops were killed in an ISIS suicide attack in northern Syria today – coinciding with a speech by Vice President Pence where he declared the terrorist organization "has been defeated." (CBS News)


The U.S.-led coalition in Syria, Operation Inherent Resolve, said a tweet that "U.S. service members were killed during an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria today." A U.S. military official also confirmed to CBS News senior national defense correspondent David Martin reports by Kurdish media outlets that at least two Americans were among the dead in the city of Manbij, not far from the Turkish border, after an explosion hit a coalition convoy.

The U.S. military has not said how many Americans were among the bombing victims, but at least one report said as many as four U.S. service members were killed. If true, Martin notes that it would be the single largest loss of U.S. life in Syria since American forces were deployed there in 2015. 

The attack comes just weeks after President Trump declared ISIS defeated and said U.S. troops were coming home. Speaking to a gathering of U.S. ambassadors at the State Department on Wednesday, after the Pentagon confirmed the deaths of American troops in Syria, Pence repeated both of Mr. Trump's assertions.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CBS News on Wednesday that Mr. Trump had been "fully briefed and we will continue to monitor the ongoing situation in Syria." She referred all additional questions to the U.S. military. 

The United States currently has 2,000 troops stationed in Syria. President Trump has ordered their withdrawal, with expected completion within four months.