Jan 18, 2019

Pentagon identifies 3 Americans killed in Syrian bomb blast

The restaurant which was the site of a suicide attack in Syria which killed four US servicemen. Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Farmer, Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent and Scott Wirtz, an operations support specialist at the Defense Intelligence Agency, were identified by the Pentagon as those killed in a bomb blast in Syria on Wednesday, ABC reports.

The big picture: The blast marked the deadliest day in Syria for U.S. forces. The fourth American who was killed, who was a contractor, has not been identified. Three other Americans were injured.

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