A junior soldier deployed to northeastern Syria died Tuesday following a “non-combat related incident,” the Defense Department announced Friday morning.
Spc. Alex J. Ram was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, which is part of the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
According to the DoD release, Ram died near Tell Beydar, a small village approximately 25 miles south of the Syria-Turkey border. His death is under investigation.
Ram’s brigade deployed to Iraq and Syria in September of last year to support Operation Inherent Resolve, the ongoing campaign to destroy ISIS’ remnants in the region.
Approximately 900 U.S. troops are in the region helping primarily Kurdish forces in the fight against ISIS, which recently staged a massive uprising and attack centered on the prison in the nearby city of Hasakah.
Davis Winkie is a staff reporter covering the Army. He originally joined Military Times as a reporting intern in 2020. Before journalism, Davis worked as a military historian. He is also a human resources officer in the Army National Guard.
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