The State Department confirmed Friday during a press briefing in Washington that a U.S. citizen from Florida was behind a May 25 suicide bombing in Syria that targeted Syrian government troops.
“I can confirm that this individual was a U.S. citizen involved in a suicide bombing in Syria,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, confirming that the bomber’s name was Abu Hurayra al-Amriki.
Translated, the name means “the American,” Psaki said.
In response to questions, Psaki said she believes the incident that took place outside a restaurant in the government-held northwestern city of Idlib marked the first time that an American has been involved in a suicide bombing in Syria since the start of the three-year civil war there. It is not known how many people died in the blast.
In answer to a question as to whether there might be some sort of training ground in the United States for foreign fighters, Psaki said she did not want to speculate. She did say that that the United States is concerned about foreign fighters overall and is stepping up its level of monitoring.
“We are concerned about the flow of foreign fighters into and out of Syria,” Psaki said. “It’s difficult to provide that level of analysis or a precise figure, but we’re engaged in a focused outreach effort with key partner government regarding our shared concern over the flow of foreign fighters to the Syrian conflict. Our partners across the region and Europe are also gravely concerned. That’s an effort that’s been ongoing for months now.”
Opposition forces fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad have claimed that the bomber was American. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, told reporters in Miami on Friday that the bomber was from his state… see more