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Fort Campbell soldier among 4 killed in Syria bombing

Posted: 7:41 AM, Jan 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-18 09:09:34-05
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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (WTVF/CNN) — A Fort Campbell soldier has been identified as one of four Americans killed earlier this week in a bombing in Syria.

According to the Department of Defense, Jonathan R. Farmer, of Boynton Beach, Florida, was among those killed Wednesday in Manbij, Syria, from a suicide improvised explosive device.

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Farmer, 37, was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He is survived by his spouse, four children and his parents.

The deceased were identified as:

* Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida. Farmer was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Farmer served on six overseas combat tours and was a decorated soldier who was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

* Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent, 35, of upstate New York. Kent was assigned to Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66, based at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

* DOD civilian Scott A. Wirtz of St. Louis, Missouri. Wirtz was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency as an operations support specialist. Wirtz, a former US Navy SEAL, was an intelligence expert in Syria with the troops hoping to collect information about security and adversaries in the area.

All three died "as a result of wounds sustained from a suicide improvised explosive device," according to the military.

The fourth American killed in Syria was a contractor supporting the Defense Department, according to a Pentagon spokesman. The Pentagon will not release his name since he was not military.

The bombing remains under investigation.

CNN reported Thursday that the US initial assessment is that ISIS is responsible for the bombing.

The explosion in the northern city of Manbij Wednesday killed the four Americans and at least 10 other people. Eight civilians and two fighters from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces were killed in the blast, a senior commander from the Manbij military council told CNN.

The US-led coalition Operation Inherent Resolve said Wednesday that the service members were "conducting a routine patrol" at the time of the explosion. Three other US service members were injured in the attack.

The attack came less than a month after President Donald Trump announced that US troops would withdraw from Syria.

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**CNN contributed to this report.