US arrests pilot over Syria attack

A US Air Force member has been taken into custody in connection with an April attack in Syria that injured four fellow service members, the Air Force said on Tuesday.

The US military initially blamed the attack in Green Village in eastern Syria on indirect fire, possibly a rocket attack.

Later, further investigations said the detonations were the result of “deliberate placement of explosives” in an ammunition storage and shower facility, and officials said they were investigating the possibility of an insider attack.

The Air Force refused to identify the service member.

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“As part of an ongoing investigation, an Airman was taken into custody on June 16 in connection with the attack in Green Village, Syria,” Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said in a statement.

“After reviewing the information contained in the investigation, the pilot’s commander has made the decision to place him in pre-trial detention.”

CNN was the first to report the arrest.

US military officials say about 900 US troops are active in Syria, mainly training and advising partner forces fighting the remnants of ISIS militants.

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