(DCWatchdog.com) – HAPPENING NOW: The U.S. military confirmed on Monday that an unfortunate helicopter incident in Syria resulted in injuries to 22 of its service members.
The mishap occurred over the weekend in the northeastern region of the country.
According to a press release from U.S. Central Command, the service members incurred injuries of varying severity during the incident.
The command went on to detail that these individuals are currently undergoing treatment. Ten had to be moved to higher-level care facilities outside the Central Command’s area of responsibility.
The press release also emphasized that the incident wasn’t due to enemy fire. An investigation into the cause of the accident is currently underway.
Responding to the incident, Republican Representative Matt Gaetz from Florida tweeted his concern. “May we all pray for the health and well-being of these patriots,” he wrote, urging people to pray for the injured service members.
As stated by the U.S. government, at least 900 troops are stationed in Syria, including an unspecified number of contractors. The role of these U.S. forces is not combative; instead, they advise and assist the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in their fight against the remaining groups of the Islamic State.
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