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Pentagon identifies Scott Dayton as first US soldier to die in Syria

By Rudaw 26/11/2016
Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton. Photo: US Navy/handout
Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton. Photo: US Navy/handout
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – In a press release on Friday, the US Department of Defense identified Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton who was killed near Ayn Issa on Thursday, marking the first US service member to have been killed in combat in Syria.

Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, Virginia, entered the US Navy in 1993. He was assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit as part of Operation Inherent Resolve in the fight against ISIS. He had previously received a Bronze Star, one of the highest US military honors, for “heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone.”

Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, acknowledged on Thursday that a US service member had died from wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in the vicinity of Ayn Issa in northern Syria.

“The entire counter-ISIL Coalition sends our condolences to this hero's family, friends and teammates," said Townsend. "On this Thanksgiving, please be thankful that there are service members willing to take up the fight to protect our homeland from ISIL's hateful and brutal ideology."

Ayn Issa is located about 40 kilometers northwest of Raqqa.

“Condolences to CJTFOIR for the death of US soldier near Raqqa,” Qubad Talabani, the Kurdistan Regional Government Deputy Prime Minister, wrote Thursday on Twitter. “On Thanksgiving Day we're thankful for sacrifices of the US and Coalition.”
  

Comments

 
The Kurdish Boy | 26/11/2016
Scott Cooper Dayton was fighting side by side with his Kurdish comrades.The Kurds we deplore his death like just one of ours.A loss for the Kurds and the humanity.Our heartfelt condolonces for his family and friends.
A Syrian Kurd | 27/11/2016
He was a hero. May he rest in peace.
AY | 27/11/2016
What a loss, may Allah exterminate terrorists
Bawan | 27/11/2016
My condolonces to his family and loved ones, may he RIP
Francis.GR | 27/11/2016
It's just so sad. I can't help thinking the YPG could give a much stronger and safer push in the Raqqa battle, if it was properly armed, and if the US also refrained its Turkish traitor to attack the Kurds in the meanwhile. It would save many lives.

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