Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

U.S. Special-Operations Member Killed in Somalia

U.S. Special-Operations Member Killed in Somalia

"The US provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission".

A USA special operations soldier was killed in southwestern Somalia on Friday and four others were wounded when their team came under attack from insurgents.

Al-Shabab militants launched a deadly attack on USA and Somali forces Friday, hitting them with explosives and heavy gunfire.

One U.S. Special Operations soldier was killed and four U.S. service members and one partner force was wounded as the result of an enemy attack overseas.

Africa Command said the combined US, Somali and Kenyan force included some 800 troops and was part of a mission in the area tasked with setting up a permanent combat outpost when they came under attack.

This is the second USA military fatality in Somalia in the previous year.

Al-Shabab, an affiliate of al-Qaida, claimed credit for the attack; it has been fighting USA forces in East Africa for more than a decade.

US President Donald Trump offered his condolences via Twitter. This isn't unusual, as the Mogadishu-based government tends to have very limited practical control outside of the capital city.

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A US Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) came under attack today in the Bar-Sanguni area near Kismayo in Somalia.

Miliken's was the first US combat death in Somalia since 1993, when 18 USA service members died battling Somali militiamen in an episode that became known as "Black Hawk Down".

One US service member received medical treatment in the field while the three other wounded service members were evacuated, the statement said.

The recent attack in Somalia comes as a challenging time for Special Operations Forces on the African continent.

The names of victims will not be released until the families have been notified.

The US had pulled out of the Horn of Africa nation after 1993, when two helicopters were shot down in Mogadishu and bodies of Americans were dragged through the streets.

Four american soldiers in Niger were also killed in October following an ambush by Islamic terrorists associated with an Islamic State affiliate in north Africa. A Pentagon investigation of the incident produced a highly critical report.

The US said no civilians were killed during the strikes.

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