US examining report of American citizen killed in Syria

By REUTERS
May 31, 2013 00:02

 
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WASHINGTON - 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 US State Department official said on Thursday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that US 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 US 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.

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