These Are the Americans Killed in Syria This Week

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A soldier from Palm Beach County was among the four Americans killed in an explosion at a marketplace in Manbij, Syria, the Department of Defense announced Friday.

Jonathan Farmer, a soldier, Shannon Kent, a sailor, and civilian Scott Wirtz died in Manbij on Wednesday as a result of wounds from the blast.

Syrians check the site of a suicide attack targeting US -led coalition forces the day before in Manbij, Syria, Jan. 17, 2019.

35-year-old Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent was originally from Dutchess County.

Stissing Mountain Principal Tara Grieb said Kent was an honor student and described her as a "wonderful person".

"The only reason the Kurds and the Arabs and the Christians were in that restaurant is cause we gave them the space to be in that restaurant", Graham said.

Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent, 35, identified as being from upstate NY, and Scott Wirtz, a civilian Department of Defense employee from St. Louis, died during the Wednesday attack in Manbij, Syria, the Department of Defense said in a statement.

The fourth American killed in Syria was a contractor supporting the Defense Department, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

Manbij is the main town on the westernmost edge of Syrian territory held by the USA -backed Syrian Kurds, running along the border with Turkey.

"Jon was part of a long and inspiring list of Bowdoin graduates and community members who served and are still serving the common good in the US military", the letter states.

Kent enlisted in the Navy on December 11, 2003, and graduated in February 2004 from boot camp in IL, according to the military.

Before traveling to Syria, Kent was stationed at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland. Those Americans were: Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton, Air Force Staff Sgt. Leo Austin Bieren, Army Spc. Joseph Harrison, the head of her unit at Fort Meade, said in a statement. Her specific town has not yet been released.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and teammates of Chief Petty Officer Kent during this extremely hard time", Cmdr. "Although she has left us way too soon, she will not be forgotten, and her legacy will live on with us", said CWA 66 Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collections) Denise Vola.

The attack came less than a month after President Donald Trump announced that U.S. troops would withdraw from Syria.

The surprise announcement sent shockwaves through the war-torn country and rattled some of the President's top aides - including Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who resigned over the move.

Brett McGurk, who quit as America's envoy to the anti-IS coalition after Trump declared victory over the group last month, warned a USA withdrawal would shore up President Bashar al-Assad and lessen America's leverage with Russian Federation and Iran.

By claiming to have "crushed the ISIS caliphate" - the quasi-state covering parts of Iraq and Syria that the group controlled for several years - Pence emphasized the part of the allied effort that has been successful, without mentioning that the group still exists as an underground army of terrorists, capable of pulling off deadly attacks.

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