Missouri man dies after suicide bombing attack in Syria

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A Saint Louis, Missouri man was killed this week after a suicide bombing attack in Syria. 

DOD civilian Scott A. Wirtz, 42, was one of four Americans killed in the attack on Wednesday. The four were killed after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive at a restaurant in Manbij, Syria.

ISIS is claiming responsibility for the bombing, however, the bombing is still under investigation. 

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of this patriot,” said DIA Director Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, Jr. “This is a stark reminder of the dangerous missions we conduct for the nation and of the threats we work hard to mitigate. As President Lincoln described on the fields at Gettysburg, this officer gave the last full measure of devotion.”

According to the DIA, Wirtz was a operations support specialist and civilian member of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Wirtz had also served in the U.S. Navy as a Navy SEAL.

Writz had several awards that included the SEAL Insignia, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism through the DIA. 

The Pentagon has identifed Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer and Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon M. Kent as victims of the attack as well. The identity of the fourth American has not been released at this time. 

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