>> The US military's first death in Syria underlining the growing risks as it steps up the fight against Islamic State on several fronts. Reuters pentagon reporter Adria Sari is on the story.>> Is really as significant because it really does speak to the sort of the threats these troops face.
So they're not on the front lines, but it does speak to how dangerous the situation is. And as forces that are local to the regions this year and Kurds and Arabs move towards Raqqa, they're already trying to isolate Raqqa and retake it from ISIS. As that moves forward, the risks and the threats facing US service members only likely to increase.
>> President Obama deployed a group of Special Forces to the region in October 2015 to help train Kurdish and Arab fighters in their battle against ISIS.>> The soldier killed in Syria Thursday was wounded by an explosive device in the vicinity of Ayn Issa, about 35 miles northwest of Raqqa.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter releasing a statement on Thanksgiving Day expressing his condolences and saying, quote, it is a painful reminder of the dangers our men and women in uniform face around the world to keep us safe. There are more than 300 members of the US military currently advising and training in Syria.
No one has claimed responsibility for the blast.