Pentagon Identifies 3 Of The 4 Americans Killed In Syrian Blast

first published on January 18, 2019 by

The Pentagon has released the identities of three of the four Americans killed in an ISIS suicide blast that occurred earlier this week.

The Americans have been identified as two US service members, Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent and Army Green Beret Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Farmer, and a DoD civilian contractor Scott Wirtz. The identity of the other American contractor killed in the blast has yet to be officially released.

Kent, 35, of New York, was assigned to the Navy’s Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66. She is said to be the first female American service member killed in combat during Operation Inherent Resolve.

Farmer, 37, of Florida, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, was a prior recipient of multiple Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, and a Combat Infantry Badge (CIB). He had six combat deployments to various battlefields across the globe.

The four Americans and 12 other people were killed in Manbij when an ISIS suicide bomber targeted them at a curbside restaurant that was reportedly regularly frequented by US personnel. Apparently, the jihadists took note of the pattern.

Various UNCONFIRMED videos appeared on Twitter, reportedly showing terrorists prepping the attack site, which likely means that they were tipped off about the luncheon before it took place. Other unconfirmed videos reportedly show CCTV footage of the blast, as well as a helicopter MEDEVAC from a nearby stadium.