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Three of four Americans killed in ISIS claimed suicide bombing identified

Posted at 10:15 AM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 12:24:07-05

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon has identified three of the four Americans killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group in Syria this week.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Farmer (LEFT) and Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent (RIGHT).

The Americans, part of a joint task force operation focused on defeating ISIS (Operation Inherent Resolve), were killed when a suicide improvised explosive device went off in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on Wednesday.

Those identified are as follows:

  • Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37 years old of Boynton Beach, Florida
  • Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon M. Kent, 35 years old from upstate New York
  • And a civilian with the DOD, Scott A. Wirtz from St. Louis. Wirtz was assigned to the defense intelligence agency. His photo has not been released at this time.

Farmer, at the time, was based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky while Kent was based at Fort Meade, Maryland.

The Pentagon hasn’t identified the fourth casualty, a civilian contractor.

This attack came days after the US began the process of withdrawing from Syria.

The attack also wounded three U.S. troops and was the deadliest assault on U.S. troops in Syria since American forces went into the country in 2015.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.