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US military says helicopter accident in northeastern Syria left 22 American troops injured

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Helicopter accident in Syria

The U.S. military confirmed that a helicopter mishap in northeastern Syria over the weekend led to the injuries of 22 American service members. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation, with no reported enemy involvement. Treatment is underway for the wounded, with ten relocated to specialized medical facilities outside the region.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces have yet to comment on the incident upon request from Big Big News.

The region is host to an average of 900 U.S. personnel, along with an undisclosed number of contractors. U.S. special operations forces also intermittently traverse the area in small units, but these are not included in the official tally.

U.S. forces have been stationed in Syria since 2015, supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in their fight against the Islamic State (IS) group. With the militant group’s defeat in Syria in March 2019, the U.S. has been working to prevent an IS resurgence. IS, which once controlled vast territories in Iraq and Syria, remains a latent threat through its sleeper cells.

Nearly 10,000 IS militants are detained in Syria, while tens of thousands of their families reside in two refugee camps in the country’s northeastern region.

U.S. forces have faced attacks from IS members and Iran-backed combatants over the years. A late March drone attack resulted in the death of a contractor and wounded five American service members and another contractor. The U.S. retaliated with airstrikes on several areas in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, bordering Iraq.

Following these incidents, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that the strikes were not just in response to the drone attack but also addressed a series of recent assaults on U.S.-led coalition forces by groups linked with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

In a recent development, Syrian Kurdish-led authorities declared their intention to try hundreds of IS detainees after their home countries declined their repatriation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Helicopter accident in Syria

How many U.S. service members were injured in the helicopter accident in Syria?

22 American service members were injured in the helicopter mishap in northeastern Syria.

Was enemy fire involved in the helicopter accident in Syria?

No, the U.S. military confirmed that no enemy fire was involved in the helicopter accident in Syria.

What is the current status of the injured U.S. service members from the helicopter accident in Syria?

The injured service members are receiving treatment, with 10 of them moved to higher care facilities outside the region.

How many U.S. forces are currently stationed in Syria?

On average, there are at least 900 U.S. forces stationed in Syria along with an undisclosed number of contractors.

What is the U.S. forces’ mission in Syria?

The U.S. forces have been in Syria since 2015 to advise and assist the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in their fight against the Islamic State group.

Are the Islamic State group’s militants still a threat in Syria?

Yes, the Islamic State group’s sleeper cells remain a threat in Syria. Also, nearly 10,000 IS fighters are currently held in detention facilities in Syria.

Have the U.S. forces in Syria faced any attacks recently?

Yes, over the years U.S. troops have been subjected to attacks carried out by IS members and Iran-backed fighters. In late March, a drone attack on a U.S. base killed a contractor and wounded five American troops and another contractor.

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7 comments

SamN June 13, 2023 - 7:16 am

wonder what was the cause of the accident? the article doesn’t give much details.

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Mike J June 13, 2023 - 4:46 pm

can’t believe it, 22 servicemen injured…hope they get well soon. war is hell 🙁

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Terry_O June 13, 2023 - 5:28 pm

this isn’t good news but atleast no ones dead. Hope the wounded recover fast.

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JohnM123 June 13, 2023 - 7:45 pm

i dont get it..no enemy fire but 22 injured? something’s not right

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LizBaker June 14, 2023 - 12:55 am

Praying for those injured. hope the investigation figures out what happened

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Dave_h June 14, 2023 - 2:11 am

it’s always the same, politicians making decisions, soldiers paying the price

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Sara_G June 14, 2023 - 2:55 am

why are we still in Syria? I thought we were pulling out.

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