What are United States troops doing in the Syrian city of Manbij?

YPG fighters labelled'terrorists by Turkey have been the key US ally in the fight against the armed group ISIL

By March 2017, the US made a decision to send hundreds of American troops to Manbij to be a visible presence in the city, so as to prevent Turkish forces from attacking the Kurds and also keep Russian forces at bay.

The drawdown is widely seen as likely to spark battles for control of areas vacated by the Americans, but there was no immediate indication of any link between the withdrawal plan and Wednesday's attack in Manbij. "We are working to get information and CENTCOM is going to release something when it's appropriate". Pentagon officials said then that initial withdrawals would be limited to equipment and that no troops had yet departed. "As we begin to bring our troops home, the American people can be assured, for the sake of our soldiers, their families, and our nation, we will never allow the remnants of ISIS to reestablish their evil and murderous caliphate - not now, not ever".

"We'll stay in the region and we'll stay in the fight to ensure that ISIS does not rear its ugly head again", Pence told a gathering in Washington of USA ambassadors stationed around the world using an alternate acronym for the terrorist group.

President Trump has repeatedly declared that his administration has defeated ISIS, including when he announced his unpopular decision to pull us troops from Syria. I saw this in Iraq.

US troops were at the scene of a bomb attack claimed by Islamic State that killed USA troops in northern Syria on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

"I would hope the president would look long and hard at where he's headed in Syria", Graham added.

"We've beaten them, and we've beaten them badly", Trump said.

Amaq, IS's propaganda arm, said the attacker targeted the patrol using an explosive vest. The coalition could not be immediately reached for comment.

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The loss of life is one of the worst since the United States military entered Syria to fight Isis in 2015.

"The caliphate has crumbled, and ISIS has been defeated", Pence said, using an acronym for the terror group.

A local town council and a Syrian war monitoring group said the blast occurred near the town's main market, near a patrol of the US-led coalition, killing and wounding more than a dozen people.

It didn't not give a precise casualty number.

Erdogan said that five of the victims were American, however.

"There were SDF [Syrian Democratic Forces] and American fighters having lunch as well, like the locals, who come every day to eat in that restaurant, which is famous and located in the middle of the city".

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Syrian war monitoring group, and a local town council said Wednesday that the explosion took place near a patrol of the USA -led coalition and that there are casualties.

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