According to the Syrian SANA Agency, the four soldiers were killed after their vehicle was targeted with an explosive device on Al-Hasakah Road in Deir Ezzor in Syria. ASB News reported the incident happened while they were travelling between the US occupied Al-Shaddadi and Al-Omar bases.
Other reports claimed the bomb attack was allegedly carried out by the Islamic State (ishid).
Journalist Robert Fisk tweeted: “Four American soldiers were killed in Syria.
“The handmade bomb attack is allegedly carried out by the Islamic State (ishid).
“There is no confirmation from the official agency of IS yet, it is not possible to verify the hot and hot communication as before due to security or strategic reasons.”
Back in September, the US ramped up its military presence in Syria following a number of skirmishes with the Russian army.
US officials said six Bradley Fighting Vehicles and about 100 troops were part of the deployment to north-east Syria.
US Navy Captain Bill Urban said at the time: “The United States does not seek conflict with any other nation in Syria, but will defend Coalition forces if necessary.
“These actions and reinforcements are a clear signal to Russia to adhere to mutual de-confliction processes and for Russia and other parties to avoid unprofessional, unsafe and provocative actions in north-east Syria.”
During the Syrian Civil War, which began in 2011, the US initially supplied the rebels of the Free Syrian Army with non-lethal aid (e.g. food rations and pickup trucks), but quickly began providing training, money, and intelligence to selected Syrian rebel commanders.
On 23 November 2019, the head of US Central Command stated there was no “end date” on the US’s intervention in Syria.
A US-led global coalition has also carried out air strikes on IS militants in Syria since 2014.
This helped an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias called the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) capture territory once held by the jihadists in the east.
More than 500,000 people were killed or declared missing during the Syrian civil war.
At least 6.2million Syrians have been internally displaced during the conflict while another 5.7million have fled abroad.
Outgoing US President Donald Trump insisted multiple times this year he would like to see the reduction of US troops in the Middle East.
Mr Trump said in February: “It’s time after all these years to bring our people back home. We want to bring our people back home.
“Again, it’s been a long journey in Afghanistan in particular. It’s been a hard journey for everybody.
“We’re very largely a law enforcement group, and that’s not what our soldiers are all about.”
The Republican also claimed at that time: “We’ve destroyed in Syria and Iraq 100 percent of the ISIS caliphate.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Taliban should, on its side of the deal, “keep your promises to cut ties with al-Qaeda and other terrorists”.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Co-founder of the Taliban in Afghanistan, said: “We are committed to this agreement, to enforce it.”
Today, US Special Envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, told a Syrian Kurdish party he has retired and his position will be filled by a colleague who is familiar with the Kurdish issue, according to a party official.
Last month, Mr Jeffrey said of the US military presence in Syria: “What I can say is, particularly on our Syria account, I see no change in our troop presence, I see no change in our sanctions policy, I see no change in our demand that Iran leave Syria, be it with a Biden administration or Trump one.”