US Military Suspects Service Member May Have Triggered April Explosion in Syria

US Military Suspects Service Member May Have Triggered April Explosion in Syria

The Pentagon is investigating a US service member for his possible involvement in an attack on a US base in Syria that injured several military personnel.

A spokesman for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) told the Associated Press (Globe Live Media) on Monday that it had identified the unidentified service member as a possible suspect in an April incident. While the US military has confirmed that it is treating the incident as a possible insider attack, key details of the investigation are yet to be known.

The CID and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations are investigating the incident, Patrick Barnes, a spokesman for the division, told the Globe Live Media. No charges have been filed at this time, according to Globe Live Media.

“At this point, these are just indictments, all suspects are presumed innocent until/unless convicted in a court of law,” the Pentagon told CNN in a statement. “The investigation is ongoing, which may or may not develop enough evidence to identify a perpetrator(s) and have enough evidence to warrant a conviction in a court of law. No further information will be released at this time.”

The US military currently has hundreds of troops in Syria as part of the Combined Joint Task Force’s Operation Inherent Resolve, the military’s operational command for its campaign against the Islamic State.

The Green Village base near the Euphrates River in eastern Syria received two rounds of “indirect fire” on April 7 that hit two support buildings, according to a US military report.

Four US service members were evaluated for minor injuries and possible traumatic brain injuries, according to a statement from Inherent Resolve.

Investigators determined the following week that the explosions were caused by “deliberate placement of explosive charges” by one or more unidentified persons in an ammunition storage and shower area in Green Village, according to Inherent Resolve.

While the US military has not blamed anyone for the attack, which came amid rising tensions with Iran, the base and others in the volatile region have come under additional attack.

A rocket attack on a military base north of Baghdad in 2020 wounded three coalition service members and two Iraqi soldiers.

US Central Command reported in January that the Green Village base had been hit with multiple rounds of indirect fire, resulting in no casualties but causing “minor damage” inside the base.

news week contacted the Army Criminal Investigation Division and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations for comment.

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