Two members of the US-led coalition fighting in Syria were killed, including one American, and five others were wounded by a bomb in a late-night attack, the New York Times quoted the US military as saying on Friday.
The attack took place about 11 p.m. local time on Thursday, and used "an improvised explosive device," said a statement posted by the United States Central Command, which directs American forces in the region.
It did not reveal the identities of the service members involved, how seriously the survivors were hurt or where in Syria the attack occurred. The American-led coalition includes about 30 countries, but only few have forces on the ground.
"The names of the deceased will be released at the discretion of the pertinent national authorities," the statement said. "Details pertaining to the incident are being withheld pending further investigation."
Coalition forces have been deployed to Syria to fight, alongside Kurdish militia allies, against ISIS terrorist group. But with that group largely routed, the seven-year civil war in Syria has entered a dangerous new phase.
Two American allies, Turkey and the Kurds, who control parts of northern Syria, are fighting each other. And the Kurds and coalition forces are engaged in a tense standoff with the Syrian government, along with its allies — Russia, Iran and Iranian-backed militias.