Courtesy the U.S. Department of Defense

Pentagon identifies US soldier killed in Syria

He was 36-years-old. 

April 01, 2018 - 1:49 pm
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Near Manbij, Syria, an attack took the life of U.S. Army Master Sgt. Jonathan Dunbar on March 30. 

He was 36-years-old. 

The nighttime attack on coalition forces in the area also took the life of a United Kingdom soldier, Sgt. Matt Tonroe. He was 33-years-old. 

The Associated Press is reporting that both men died due to a roadside bomb and that it wounded five others.

Dunbar was the fourth American who has died in Syria since the U.S. began attacking Islamic State militants there in September 2014, according to the Pentagon's Defense Casualty Analysis System.

Manbij, a city near the border with Turkey, is under threat of a Turkish military operation. Ankara says Syrian Kurdish militiamen it views as "terrorists" and an extension of Kurdish insurgents inside Turkey are in control of the town.

Master Sgt. Dunbar was part of U.S. Army Special Operations Command out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Born in International Falls, Minnesota, he graduated from high school in 1999 from Austin, Texas. He enlisted in the Army in 2005 as an infantryman. He deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan between 2005 and 2013, according to a Department of Defense press release.

In 2013, Dunbar was assigned to the headquarters of Special Operations Command and deployed three times to Iraq and Afghanistan.

His military education included Airborne School, Ranger School, Pathfinder Course, and Special Forces Sniper Course.

Dunbar's military awards include the Bronze Star Medal (3rd Award), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, as well as the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, and the Military Freefall Jumpmaster Badge.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.