Joe Biden gave an unexpected response to a protester who said his friends died in combat in Syria

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VP Biden addresses heckler in Ohio

While campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Ohio on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden was interrupted by a protester who repeatedly shouted at him about friends he said were killed during a combat mission in Syria.

"Some of my friends, my American friends died," the protester said. "Why did you tell the YPG to go back across the border," the man shouted, referring to a mission to liberate the Syrian city of Manbij.

The crowd attempted to shout the man down, but Biden addressed him directly.

"Because the deal was to get them into Manbij and to work they had to go back across the Euphrates so we could have special forces move in that's why," Biden explained.

As the man continued to lament that his comrades died, Biden said, "So did my son."

Biden's son, Beau, served in the United States Army for nearly 15 years. He died in 2015 after a long battle with brain cancer.

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Vice President Joe Biden, center, pauses alongside his family as they to enter a visitation for his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Standing with Biden are his son Hunter, from left, granddaughter Natalie, daughter-in-law Hallie, grandson Hunter and wife Jill. Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
An honor guard carries a casket containing the remains of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden as members of the Biden family, left, look on, Thursday, June 4, 2015, before a viewing at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Biden, the vice president's eldest son, died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Natalie Biden, center, is comforted by her grandfather, Vice President Joe Biden, and her mother Hallie as they follow an honor guard carrying a casket containing the remains of her father, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
An honor guard carries a casket containing the remains of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden as members of the Biden family follow behind, Thursday, June 4, 2015, before a viewing at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Biden, the vice president's eldest son, died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
Natalie Biden, left, is comforted by her grandfather, Vice President Joe Biden, and her mother Hallie as they follow an honor guard carrying a casket containing the remains of her father, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Biden, the vice president's eldest son, died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
Vice President Joe Biden, bottom center, leads his family to a viewing for his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Walking alongside Biden are his granddaughter Natalie, from bottom left, daughter-in-law Hallie, grandson Hunter and wife Jill. Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
Mourners file past a casket containing the remains of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, during a viewing, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Biden, the eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
An honor guard guides a casket containing the remains of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden out of Legislative Hall in Dover, Del., Thursday, June 4, 2015, after a visitation. Biden, the vice president's eldest son, died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
Vice President Joe Biden, left, greets mourners near a casket containing the remains of Biden's son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, during a viewing, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
Vice President Joe Biden, left, hugs a mourner as they stand near a casket containing the remains of Biden's son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, during a viewing, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, right, rests his head in his hand during a viewing for his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Standing with Vice President Biden are Beau Biden's widow, Hallie, from left, and daughter Natalie, and the the vice president's wife Jill. Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
Vice President Joe Biden rests his hand on a flag-draped casket containing the remains of his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden during a visitation, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
Vice President Joe Biden, center, greets people waiting in line to view Biden's son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Thursday, June 4, 2015, as he leaves Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
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