International Coalition spokesman denies another false report by Syrian-state run news agency reporting U.S. force deaths

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA – For the second time in under a week, International Coalition spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III denied rumors of U.S. troop deaths in Syria. Col. Caggins said via his official Twitter account that there have been no incidents involving International Coalition Forces in Deir ez-Zor.

“We can say that if there are prizes for fake news, this news agency deserves it all,” wrote Col. Caggins in response to an erroneous report from the Syrian-state Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

SANA had published several reports saying that International Coalition forces in Deir ez-Zor had been attacked by members of the Islamic State and number of them were killed.

SANA has also published false reports about the abduction and ambushing of U.S. forces in the region, all of which have been categorically denied by the International Coalition.