Department of Defense identifies soldier killed in Syria

Master Sergeant Johnathan J. Dunbar died of his injuries, the defense Ministry said.

(U.S. army)

The Department of Defense (DOD) announced on Saturday the identity of an American soldier in Syria on Friday.

The soldier was identified as Master Sgt. Johnathan J. Dunbar in Austin, Texas. The 36-year-old was seriously injured after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in Manbij, Syria, situated in the Northern part of the war-torn country. He later died of his injuries.

Dunbar was assigned to the U.S. army Special Operations Command headquarters at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, according to the DOD. He is a soldier, the first American to die in action in Syria this year.

A British soldier was also killed in the attack. Five more were injured.

The 36-year-old was in the army in 2005, an infantryman. Later, he was assigned to the 1. Battalion, 325-year-old Airborne infantry Regiment in Fort Bragg. He was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and in 2009 moved to Fort Hood in Texas. He served as a Squad Leader for four years in Fort Bragg.

Dunbar was decorated. — some of his honours include the bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Good Conduct Medal, among other awards.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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