In a tragic incident that occurred on Tuesday, a U.S. contractor was killed and six other people were injured in a drone attack in Syria. The Pentagon confirmed the news, stating that the United States launched "precision" airstrikes in response to the attack.
The identity of the contractor killed has not been released by authorities at this time, pending notification of family members. However, it is known that they were working for an American company providing support services to U.S. troops operating in Syria.
The drone attack took place near Al-Omar oil field, which is located in Deir al-Zour province and is currently controlled by Kurdish-led forces supported by the United States.
In response to this attack, the Pentagon stated that "the United States will not tolerate attacks against our personnel and our operations abroad". They went on to say that "we remain committed to defeating ISIS remnants despite their continued attempts to target innocent civilians and military personnel."
It remains unclear who was responsible for the drone attack at this time. However, tensions have been high between various factions operating within Syria's borders for some time now. It is possible that this latest incident could lead to further escalation between these groups.
As always during times like these, we extend our thoughts and condolences to all those affected by this tragedy - both directly involved as well as friends and loved ones left behind.