Airman arrested in connection with attack on US base in Syria that injured 4 soldiers


A US airman has been arrested and could face charges in connection with an attack on a base in Syria in April that injured four US service members, the Air Force confirmed on Tuesday.

Ann Stefanek, a spokeswoman for the service, told in an emailed statement that an arrest has been made in connection with the incident, which occurred at the base known as GreenVillage.

“As part of an ongoing investigation, on June 16, an airman was arrested in the United States in connection with the attack in Green Village, Syria,” Stefanek said. “After reviewing the information from the investigation, the airman’s commanding officer made the decision to remand him in custody.”

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Military investigators investigated what happened at Green Village, a small US base in Syria just north of the Euphrates, after explosions hit two buildings inside the base walls on April 7 .

Following the blast, four service members were treated for “minor injuries and possible traumatic brain injury,” officials said in a statement at the time. All four have since been released.

While investigators originally believed the attack was the result of indirect fire on the base, a week later US Central Command released a statement stating that it was caused by “the deliberate placement explosive charges by one or more unidentified individuals in an ammunition storage area and shower facility.”

The Army’s Criminal Investigations Division and the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations began following the advice that led to the arrest last week.

Further details of the airman’s identity have not been made available by the Department of the Air Force and no charges have been filed.

“We will not release the name of the individual unless charges are filed,” Stefanek said. “It’s too early in the process for a filler sheet. It will be available if fillers are preferred.”

There are approximately 1,000 US troops and special operators in the country to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces.

— Thomas Novelly can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @TomNovelly.

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