US soldier arrested over ‘insider’ bombing — Analysis

A four-ton attack on American troops left one soldier in serious condition.

The Pentagon reported that a United States Airman has been placed in military custody after being suspected of involvement in an attack inside a American base in Syria. 

Ann Stefanek, a spokeswoman for the Air Force, announced Tuesday the soldier’s arrest, saying that he was taken into custody at the command of his commander earlier in the month.

“As part of an ongoing investigation, on June 16, an Airman was taken into custody stateside in conjunction with the attack in Green Village, Syria. After reviewing the information in the investigation, the Airman’s commander made the decision to place him in pretrial confinement,” she said, adding that while it’s “too early in the process”To speak of indictment “expectation is charges could be filed within the next few weeks.”

Initial reports suggested that the attack on the US base in northeastern Syria was caused by indirect artillery and rocket fire. This is a region where American forces are closely allied with Kurdish fighters. However, earlier in the month, Pentagon officials indicated that an American servicemember was being a “possible suspect”It claimed it had evidence supporting the allegations in the matter “deliberate placement of explosive charges,”Other details were not provided.

Pentagon investigates suspected ‘insider’ attack

CNN quotes two CNN officials as saying that explosives were used during the attack. “not insignificant”These had greater detonation powers than hand grenades, but one official thought they were more dangerous. “military grade.” 

Late at night the blast occurred at the facility. Security footage appears to show an unidentified person moving rapidly across the frame, in two cases. These clips may not show the exact same person. 

Four soldiers were injured by the explosion. They were all treated for brain trauma, but no one was seriously hurt. All four returned to work within weeks.

The Joe Biden administration acknowledges a deployment of around 900 American troops in Syria – most stationed in the country’s northeast – despite objections from the government in Damascus, which has repeatedly complained of the years-long US troop presence.

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