The US military has not yet publicly recognized why the team has traveled to a busy commercial area in the city of Manby, where it also houses a restaurant that many US government officials visit in the past.
In fact, within hours of the attack, the first US military statement said the team was "conducting a routine patrol." But that was followed by another statement that four Americans were killed "by local involvement," and three other American soldiers were injured.
Several officials told CNN that the Pentagon is still collecting details of the mission and what exactly he got at that place at that time. But if the military's comprehensive description of the event as "local engagement" is accurate, it shows that the team potentially encounters a sensitive intelligence gathering source or perhaps even used electronic equipment to conduct eavesdropping and e-mail missions interception.
As with all attacks, the military is investigating what happened and how it happened, officials say. Regardless of the exact mission and the reason the group left the base security, there would be detailed planning and risk assessment at the time they were planning to travel.
Military investigators can consider whether US personnel have traveled too often in the past, and their patterns of inadvertent action have become predictable for opponents who can monitor them.
Sometimes US staff also make the decision to visit local areas for other reasons, such as buying supplies and interacting with local merchants.
But employees also point out that these types of military intelligence experts often take up the most dangerous jobs, traveling to risky areas, working with sources and collecting intelligence. Under these unique circumstances, decisions can be made to travel in civilian vehicles and do not carry a bulletproof vest so that the team can more easily merge with the local areas. She is a sailor appointed for Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66, based in Fort George G. Mead, Maryland, according to public statements from the Navy.
But a defense officer with direct knowledge of this specialty says her part is "sensitive." It would have specific skills to plan and conduct eavesdropping and translation of electronic communications to be assembled on such a mission, said the Navy official who identified the work of cryptological technicians as follows: "Sailors in the Community of the Navy analyze encrypted electronic communications, silences enemy radar signals, deciphering information in foreign languages, and maintaining the most up-to-date equipment and networks used to generate the most secret information. "
She was a rock star , an outstanding senior officer, and a leader of many of the naval community for military action, "said Cmdr Joseph Harrison, commander of her part
Killed during the mission is Scott Wirtht, a military intelligence commander and former Naval Seal. The agency said Wirtz was a "Operations Support Specialist," meaning his experience was "to manage, manage and monitor intelligence gathering operations, allowing DOD to meet national security requirements." Wirtz has completed numerous operations for the Middle East Agency after leaving the Navy
Chief Army Officer 2 Jonathan Farmer was killed in the blast. He was appointed to the 5th Special Force Group (Airborne) in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. A military official said the farmer's task would include him in collecting intelligence data in his immediate field of operations.
The fourth dead man was identified as Ghadir Taher from East Point, Georgia. According to her brother Ali Taher, she worked as an interpreter for the army through a company called Valiant. She was a naturalized American citizen and emigrated from Syria in 2001
Manbij was released from ISIS control in 2016. While the United States suspects that ISIS's ISIS cell is responsible for the last attack, it is unclear how the predominant ISIS remains in close proximity and what operation would require a team with such technical and reconnaissance experience.
This is not the first attack on sensitive US units in the Manbij area.
The US military released some details about this mission, which killed the assassin sergeant. Jonathan J. Dunbar. One of the mission's sensitivity indicators is that Dunbar has been publicly identified by the army only as "assigned to the headquarters, command of the US Army Special Operations, Fort Bragg, NC."
This specific language has been used in the past when soldiers who died died were actually part of Delta Force's elite army, an anti-terrorist unit that was not publicly identified