WASHINGTON – The U.s. service member this week killed by a roadside bomb in the north of Syria, was a 36-year-old Army soldier from Texas, the Defense Ministry said Saturday.
Master Sgt. Johnathan J. Dunbar, of Austin, died on Friday as a result of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol in Manbij, Syria, not far from the border with Turkey. A Briton was also killed and five other people were wounded in Thursday’s bombing — a rare attack since the U.S.-led coalition troops in the country.
Dunbar was assigned to the headquarters of the united states Army Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Manbij, a mixed Arab-Kurdish city is under the threat of a Turkish military operation. Ankara says the city is controlled by the Syrian Kurdish nice that Turkish officials claim are “terrorists” and an extension of the Kurdish insurgency in Turkey.
A british ministry of defence spokesman said that the British armed forces member was killed during an operation against the Islamic State group.
Dunbar is the fourth U.s. service member to die in Syria since the U.S. began attacking Islamic State group militants in September 2014, according to the Pentagon, the Defense of the Victim-Analysis System.
The others were air force Staff Sgt. Austin Beers, whose death was specifically labeled by the Pentagon as a noncombat related; Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton, who was killed by an improved explosive; and Army Spc. Etienne J. Murphy, who died in a car rollover.