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Following an inquiry into an incident in April that left four soldiers injured at a tiny American base in eastern Syria, an American airman has been detained.
Ann Stefanek, an Air Force spokesman, told NBC News that “as part of an ongoing investigation, an Airman was brought into custody stateside on June 16 in connection with the attack in Green Village, Syria.”
The statement reads, “The Airman’s Commander made the decision to detain him pending trial after examining the material in the investigation.”
Tuesday’s arrest news was first reported by CNN.
The airman’s name won’t be made public until “charges are preferred,” according to Stefanek, who added that it is “too early in the process for a charge sheet.”
An American service member was being investigated as a potential suspect in a joint investigation by the Army Criminal Investigation Division and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the Army announced earlier this month.
According to initial reports, four service members were treated for minor wounds and possible traumatic brain injuries after rocket fire hit the facility in Syria.
The military expressed their suspicion of Iran or militia organizations with Iranian support at the time.
The military eventually clarified that indirect fire did not cause the attack. In contrast, authorities thought explosives had been planted within the base before the attack.