Americans slain in Syria attack: A Green Beret, a former SEAL and two language specialists

A Green Beret, a Navy linguist, a former Navy SEAL and a Syrian emigre were the Americans killed in this week’s suicide bombing in Syria, the Defense Department and a defense contractor said on Friday.

The Pentagon named the three current and former service members slain in Wednesday’s attack as Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer; Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon M. Kent; and civilian Scott A. Wirtz, a former Navy SEAL working for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

The department did not identify the fourth American killed, a civilian contractor who officials said served as an interpreter. A spokesman for defense contractor Valiant Integrated Services said an employee, Ghadir Taher, was killed in the attack.

The four died, and three other Americans were wounded, in the northern city of Manbij when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives vest at a restaurant the group visited after a meeting with local military officials.

The incident marked the largest single loss of life in the Pentagon’s war against Islamic State militants in Syria. It was a sign of the powerful threat that the group continues to pose as the Trump administration begins to withdraw.

The attack took place in a city that has become a symbol of the complex array of local and international rivalries that American and partner forces have navigated as they seek to stabilize areas reclaimed from the Islamic State.

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