Airman in custody amid Syria blast injuring US soldiers


WASHINGTON (UKTN) — An Air Force Airman has been arrested in connection with an April explosion that injured several U.S. soldiers at a base in eastern Syria.

Rose Riley, an Air Force spokeswoman, said the airman was taken into custody by his commanding officer after a review of the investigation. A first hearing on the matter is expected to take place on Wednesday.

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Riley said no charges have yet been filed and the airman’s identity will not be released unless he is charged. The army did not provide any details of the investigation.

The U.S. military first reported that the wounds were caused by artillery or another form of indirect fire. But later he said the April 7 attack was carried out by the “deliberate placement of explosive charges” by one or more individuals in an ammunition storage area and shower on the base, known as the GreenVillage.

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The explosions hit two support buildings and four service members were assessed for minor injuries and possible traumatic brain injury.

The investigation is being conducted by the Army Criminal Investigation Division and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

The United States has several hundred troops in eastern Syria as part of its effort to counter the Islamic State group.

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