A CRACK SAS soldier has been killed by a buried bomb while battling IS in Syria.
The incident — in the hell-hole city of Manbij near the border with Turkey on Thursday — is the first British combat death in the fight against the terror cult.
The SAS soldier was working alongside US Special Forces in Manbij near the Turkish border when the boobytrap bomb exploded on Thursday night.
A US soldier also died and five others were wounded in the blast, American reports claimed. None of the injured were British, sources said.
An MoD spokesman said: “It is with regret we must confirm that a member of the UK Armed Forces was killed by an improvised explosive device in Syria yesterday.
“The individual was embedded with US forces on a counter-Daesh operation when the incident occurred. The family has been notified and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. We cannot confirm any further details at this stage.”
Blast victims were evacuated for treatment, but the Brit hero died of his wounds.
SAS troops have been operating secretly in Syria for years, sources said, often in tandem with America’s Delta Force. Squads have been marauding across the country conducting covert ‘kill missions’ on high-value ISIS targets.
They’ve also been credited with tracing top leaders like Brit turncoat Mohammed Emwazi, dubbed Jihadi John.
Elite troops are also training Syrian Democratic Forces while embedded on joint missions. But their work behind enemy lines brings deadly skirmishes.
PRIOR to this incident, the last combat death among British forces came in 2015.
Reservist Lance Corporal Michael Campbell, 32 — of Colwyn Bay — died of complications from a gunshot he suffered three years earlier in Helmand.
Before that, Capt Richard Holloway, 29, of the Royal Engineers. was killed in action while on operations east of Kabul in 2013.
A source said: “People don’t have the first idea how busy they have been or for how long.
“They are the tip of the spear and for months now have been fighting hard without any public recognition.”
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