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US Service Member Injured in Syrian Car Bomb Attack

One official described the injuries as concussions from the bomb blast

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    US Service Member Injured in Syrian Car Bomb Attack
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    File image of Army Gen. Joseph Votel with reporters Saturday, May 21, 2016 during a secret trip to Syria. Votel said he is encouraged by progress in building local Syrian Arab and Kurdish forces to fight the Islamic State.

    A U.S. military service member suffered minor injuries Tuesday in a car bomb attack near Raqqa, Syria, the provisional command headquarters for ISIS, U.S defense officials tell NBC News.

    One official described the injuries as concussions from the bomb blast. The officials deny reports that one American was killed in the blast.

    The officials report the incident occurred well outside Raqqa city limits, but it appears U.S. Special Operations forces, working in their "advise and assist" role with Syrian rebel and Kurdish forces, are inching closer to the ISIS capital.

    Separately, another U.S. service member was injured in northern Iraq, near Erbil over the weekend. Pentagon spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis said the individual was injured by indirect fire, but would not elaborate.