At Least 4 US Soldiers Killed After Vehicle Explosion in Syrian Markada

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, U.S. forces patrol Syrian oil fields, in eastern Syria.President Donald Trump's decision to dispatch new U.S. forces to eastern Syria to secure oil fields is being criticized by some experts as ill-defined and ambiguous. But the residents of the area, one of the country's most remote and richest regions, hope the U.S. focus on eastern Syria would bring an economic boon and eliminate what remains of the Islamic State groupAccording to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the explosion took place in the countryside surrounding Markada city on Sunday, as a vehicle with American soldiers transited a road between Hasaka and Deir Ezzor.

Four American soldiers died after their vehicle was targeted with an explosive device in the countryside of the Syrian town of Markada, SANA reported, citing civil sources. No official Pentagon comment followed the report.

According to the report, US troops imposed a “security cordon” around the scene of explosion, and American military planes were spotted in the sky above the site.

The vehicle that carried the American soldiers was reportedly driving the road between the cities of Hasaka and Deir Ezzor.

No further details were immediately available.