US service member possibly suspect in Syrian base blast | New Policies


By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. service member has been identified as a potential suspect in an April explosion that injured several U.S. soldiers at a base in eastern Syria.

Patrick Barnes, a spokesman for the Army’s Criminal Investigations Division, said in a statement that the potential suspect has returned to the United States and that the investigation by Army CID and the office Air Force special investigations were underway. Barnes did not reveal the suspect’s name.

The U.S. military first reported that the wounds were caused by artillery or another form of indirect fire. But later he said the April 7 attack was carried out by the “deliberate placement of explosive charges” by one or more individuals in an ammunition storage area and shower on the base, known as the GreenVillage.

The explosions hit two support buildings and four service members were assessed for minor injuries and possible traumatic brain injury.

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The United States has several hundred troops in eastern Syria as part of its effort to counter the Islamic State group.

No charges have been filed.

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