U.S. Special-Operations Member Killed in Somalia

US soldier killed 4 others wounded in ‘enemy attack’ in Somalia

USA forces provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission.

The US troops quickly found themselves on the receiving end of mortar and small arms fires, and in the ensuing fighting, one American soldier was killed, and four others wounded.

"We attacked a military base killed one USA soldier, two Kenyan soldiers and nine Somali soldiers from Jubbaland state".

"During an operation June 8, 2018, in Jubaland, Somalia, one U.S. Special Operations member was killed and four U.S. service members and one partner force was wounded as the result of an enemy attack", according to an Africom statement.

A large force consisting of about 800 SNSF and KDF service members was conducting a multiday operation nearly 220 miles southwest of Mogadishu when the attack occurred.

Al-Shabab said it stormed a Somali military base near Bosaso in the country's northeast, blew up a USA military vehicle and downed a us surveillance drone. The operation aimed to clear the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab from contested areas. There are now 500 troops stationed in Somalia fighting Islamic terrorism, but there could be more due to shadow wars.

President Donald J. Trump issued his condolences to the American soldier who lost his life on Friday. One of the wounded U.S service members received sufficient medical care in the field.

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The U.S. 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.

Al-Shabab, linked to al-Qaida, seeks to establish an Islamic state in Somalia.

It comes one day after al-Shabaab overwhelmed the Somali National Army's base by the city of Baidoa, the capital of the Southwestern Bay region of Somalia. The group was blamed for the truck bombing in Mogadishu in October that killed more than 500 people and raised concerns about al-Shabaab's ability to build ever-larger explosives. Names of the soldiers were not immediately released, while next of kin were notified.

The extent to which USA troops are assisting behind the scenes or fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with local troops has become a point of contention, not only in Somalia but also in other parts of the world where US forces are helping fight extremist groups by backing proxy forces.

The casualty, coming less than a year after the death in Niger of four Army special operations soldiers, could raise further questions about the presence of U.S. troops on remote missions in Africa.

This is the second USA military member to be killed in Somalia since the 1993 Black Hawk down incident that resulted in the deaths of 18 American soldiers.

The investigation has already triggered changes in the way military activities are carried out in Niger and elsewhere in Africa, including giving teams the option to use heavily armored vehicles and beefed-up firepower.

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