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First U.S. service member killed in Syria was a bomb disposal technician

A U.S. Navy bomb disposal technician was killed by an improvised explosive device in northern Syria on Thursday, the Pentagon announced in a statement.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, Va., was killed near Ain Issa, a town roughly 35 miles northwest of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa. The death marks the first time a U.S.

The Latest: Iran lawmaker confirms Russia using Iranian base

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the Syrian civil war, a day after Russia used a base in Iran to launch airstrikes in the Arab country (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

A prominent Iranian lawmaker has confirmed that Russia is using Iran’s Shahid Nojeh Air Base for airstrikes in Syria.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of the parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee, said Wednesday that Russian fighter jets land in Shahid Nojeh Air Base only to refuel and this is under the permission of the country’s Supreme National Security Council.