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Two British special forces soldiers injured by Isis in Syria

Two British special forces soldiers injured by Isis in Syria

Two British special forces soldiers have been seriously injured in a missile attack by the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria. The incident is thought to have happened on Saturday morning and the soldiers were airlifted by US forces for medical treatment. Rudaw, a Kurdish news outlet, reported that the British soldiers were hurt in an…

Two British special forces soldiers have been seriously injured in a missile attack by the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria. The incident is thought to have happened on Saturday morning and the soldiers were airlifted by US forces for medical treatment.

Rudaw, a Kurdish news outlet, reported that the British soldiers were hurt in an attack on a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) base in the town of Deir ez-Zor, in the east of the country.

A Kurdish fighter was reportedly killed in the attack. An SDF official told Rudaw: “Due to a smart missile attack by Isis, a fighter of the YPG [Kurdish militia] was killed and another wounded, in addition to two British soldiers.”

British special forces are believed to be on the ground in Syria, but the government never comments on their deployment. The Ministry of Defence said: “We do not comment on special forces.”

The UK has formed part of the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against Isis in Syria, where there are approximately 2,000 US troops.

In December, US president Donald Trump said that he was withdrawing US troops from Syria, claiming Isis had been defeated, although on Saturday a Trump official hinted that some troops might remain.

Trump said: “We have defeated Isis in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump presidency.”

The announcement shocked US allies and American defence officials alike. US defence secretary Jim Mattis and a top US official in the fight against Isis, Brett McGurk, resigned soon after.

Analysts and military experts, who disagree with Trump, have said the threat posed by Isis still remains.

Sgt Matt Tonroe of 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment was killed while embedded with US forces in Syria when they were caught by an explosion in March 2018.

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