WASHINGTON — The Air Force has detained a U.S. service member in reference to an assault in April at a small American army base in northeastern Syria that wounded 4 U.S. troops, the service stated on Tuesday.
An airman was taken into custody at an undisclosed location in the United States on Thursday in relation to the assault on the Green Village base in Syria, Ann Stefanek, an Air Force spokeswoman, stated in a press release. The airman, having accomplished a tour of obligation in Syria, had returned dwelling, she stated.
“After reviewing the information in the investigation, the airman’s commander made the decision to place him in pretrial confinement,” Ms. Stefanek stated in the assertion.
The Air Force didn’t establish the airman or present any particulars concerning the incident, however two U.S. army officers stated the airman is an explosives professional. Ms. Stefanek stated that the airman had not been charged, including that “it is too early in the process” to take action, and that the army would launch extra info if prices had been filed.
CNN had previously reported the airman’s detainment.
Initially, Pentagon officers had stated they believed the April 7 assault was attributable to a rocket or mortar assault. Such assaults have periodically been carried out by militia or terrorist teams towards among the roughly 900 American troops based mostly in Syria primarily to advise and help Syrian Kurdish allies on the bottom.
But every week later, in a growth reported earlier by CNN, army officers stated in a press release that the assault was believed to have resulted from the “deliberate placement of explosive charges by an unidentified individual(s) at an ammunition holding area and shower facility.”
The investigation into what army officers now imagine was an insider assault on the Green Village website is being carried out by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
The 4 wounded service members had been identified with and handled for traumatic mind accidents after the explosions, however returned to obligation later in April, army officers stated.