ISIS claims attack on US convoy in northeast Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said five fighters from the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed in the blast.
Monday 21/01/2019
This frame grab from video provided by Hawar News, ANHA, shows Kurdish fighters standing guard at the site of a suicide attack near the town of Shaddadeh, in Syria's northeastern province of Hassakeh, Syria, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (ANHA via AP)
This frame grab from video provided by Hawar News, ANHA, shows Kurdish fighters standing guard at the site of a suicide attack near the town of Shaddadeh, in Syria's northeastern province of Hassakeh, Syria, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (ANHA via AP)

BEIRUT — An Islamic State (ISIS) suicide bomber targeted a joint convoy of US and allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Monday, marking the second attack against U.S. troops in less than a week.

US military Col. Sean Ryan said there were no casualties among the US-led coalition members. He added: "We can confirm a combined U.S. and Syrian partner force convoy was involved" in the suicide bomb attack.

"We will continue to review the situation and provide updates as appropriate," he added.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said five fighters from the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed in the blast on a road in Hasaka province.

The attack came less than a week after another deadly attack on US forces in Syria and a month after Washington announced a US troop pullout from the war-torn country.

"A suicide attacker driving a bomb-laden car targeted a convoy of American forces accompanied by the SDF on the Hasakeh-Shadadi road," the Observatory said.

Shadadi lies to the south of Hasakeh, capital of the eponymous province, which has been relatively spared by the war that erupted in Syria nearly eight years ago.

The coalition confirmed the attack by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, but said there were no US casualties.

"A combined US and Syrian partner force convoy was involved in an apparent VBIED attack today in Syria," coalition spokesman Sean Ryan said on Twitter.

The head of the Britain-based Observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, said the attacker had ploughed into an SDF vehicle.

Footage on Kurdish media showed a plume of grey smoke rising up from a narrow road flanked by dry land.

"A bomb-laden car driven by a terrorist tried to target a coalition convoy as it passed by, lightly wounding a female member of the Asayesh," the statement said, reporting no other casualties.

The attack came less than a week after another attack on the US-led force and its local partners in the strategic city of Manbij. It was also claimed by ISIS.

Four Americans -- two members of the military, a Pentagon civilian and a contractor -- were killed in a blast that targeted a restaurant in the city centre on January 16.

(With AFP and Reuters)