Military law enforcement authorities in the United States have arrested an American pilot, allegedly in connection with an attack on a US military base in northern Syria last April, injuring four American service members.
The pilot was arrested in the United States, on June 16, after reviewing the information contained in the investigation, as his commander decided to place him in pretrial detention, according to a statement provided by Anne Stefanik, a spokeswoman for the US Air Force, to CNN.
The same channel had revealed a while ago that the US military was investigating whether a US service member had fired explosives in an internal attack on a small US base in northern Syria that wounded four service members in April.
The Pentagon refused to reveal any additional details at the present time, and said, “We will not release the name of the individual, and it is too early to issue an indictment against him,” according to what the American channel reported.
CNN said the charges against the man are expected to be filed within the next few weeks.
The attack on the “Green Village” site in Syria is being investigated by the US Army’s Criminal Investigation Department and the Air Force’s Bureau of Investigation.
The Army and Air Force Criminal Investigation Department is conducting a joint investigation into the incident.
In a statement earlier this month, the military said a potential suspect, a US service member, has been identified.
Initially, US officials said they believed the attack was caused by indirect fire on the base in a manner similar to rocket and mortar attacks by militias in the area.
A week later, another military statement said that after “further investigation”, the attack was believed to have resulted from the “deliberate placement of IEDs by an unknown person(s) in an ammunition storage area and shower facility.”
Two officials described to CNN the explosives used as “not insignificant” with an explosive force slightly greater than a grenade.
The four injured brain injuries were diagnosed and treated after the blasts, and they returned to service later in April.
The Biden administration maintains approximately 900 troops in Syria, including special operations forces, to advise and assist the SDF.