US Operator Killed, Another 4 Troops Wounded In Somalia
US Operator Killed, Another 4 Troops Wounded In Somalia
One US Soldier Killed Four Injured in Attack in Somalia
10 June, 2018, 00:25
"The statement from the Pentagon reads, "...combined Somali National Security Forces, Kenyan Defense Force and a US team came under mortar and small-arms fire, killing the Special Operations member".
It's the first public announcement of a USA military combat death on the continent since four US service members were killed in a militant ambush in the west African nation of Niger in October.
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The most recent U.S. casualty in Somalia occurred past year, when a member of the Navy SEALs was killed in a nighttime attack in Somalia.
"The US provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission".
The American forces were advising and assisting a large force of 800 Somali and Kenyan military forces that was part of a multi-day operation in an area of Jubaland located 217 miles southwest of the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Three of the wounded USA service members and the one local fighter who was wounded in the attack were medically evacuated, the Pentagon said.
Militants affiliated with al-Shabab have threatened to conduct attacks against the United States, and the us military has said the group poses a direct threat to USA interests and allies in the region.
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The recent attack in Somalia comes as a challenging time for Special Operations Forces on the African continent. That was believed to be the first death of a U.S. troop in Somalia since the infamous 1993 Black Hawk Down disaster.
In September 2014, American officials said they believed a drone strike crippled the group by killing its leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, who at the time was one of the most wanted men in Africa.
Al-Shabab, linked to al Qaeda, seeks to establish an Islamic state in Somalia.
Hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area south of Mogadishu, Somalia, on February 17, 2011. He said that USA forces in Africa had come under fire about 10 times during the past year.
A Kenyan soldier working with the Somali forces being advised by the USA team was also wounded in the attack, according to three United States military officials.
"This attack comes just as the U.S. military and the White House are reconsidering whether there should be as many special forces, not just in Somalia but in sub-Saharan Africa, because Washington is looking at trying to perhaps shore up its defences in other parts of the world where they see some sort of security threat from Russian Federation and China", she added.
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