The United States is looking into a report by Syrian state media that an American citizen was killed recently by government forces in the country’s civil war, a U.S. State Department official said Thursday.
The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters that U.S. authorities were “aware of the case.” Washington is working via the Czech Republic mission in Syria to get more information, the official said.
“As we do in all such cases, we are working through our Czech protecting power in Syria to obtain more information, and we appreciate the efforts of the Czech mission on behalf of our citizens,” the official said. He added that U.S. authorities could not comment further “because of privacy considerations.”
Syrian state television on Wednesday released what it said was the name of an American woman who was killed in Idlib province, as well as the name of a man who it said was a British citizen killed in the country.
U.S. officials said they were aware of material posted online indicating that the woman may have been a resident of Michigan.
No direct confirmation of her status or her identity was available, nor was there credible information about the circumstances of her death or how and why she went to Syria.