Tragic: American Soldier Killed in Somalia - Timothy Meads
10 June, 2018, 08:44 | Author: Bert Pena
An American special operations soldier was killed on Friday in an attack in southern Somalia that also wounded four United States military personnel along with a Somali soldier, a U.S. defence official told AFP.
An American service member was killed in Somalia Friday and four others were wounded in a firefight with Al Shabab fighters, according to U.S. Africa Command (Africom).
U.S. forces were offering "advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission", U.S. Africa Command said, noting that the mission was created to increase the Somali government's ability to provide services to innocent civilians under al-Shabab rule.
Four american military officials wounded during an Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia, are treated for their injuries and discharged.
Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for an attack in which a USA commando was killed and four others were wounded when they came under fire in the country.
The US military's Africa Command said in a statement on Friday that the attack occurred in Jubaland, where a large force comprising about 800 Somali, Kenyan and US troops were conducting an operation against al-Shabab fighters.
The death is the first USA combat death in Africa since an ambush previous year by ISIS-aligned fighters in Niger left four US soldiers dead and prompted questions over whether American troops in the region had proper support.
Around 500 American forces are stationed throughout Somalia including a number of Special Operations units comprised Army Green Berets, Marine Raiders and Navy SEALS.
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Associated Press video on Friday showed Somali forces firing weapons from atop pickup trucks in a muddy rural area, and an unidentified US soldier speaking with local residents.
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. Al-Shabaab is an al-Qaeda affiliate operating to overthrow the Somalian government, and it took credit for the attack.
The names of victims will not be released until the families have been notified.
Late previous year USA drone strikes also began targeting a small presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State group in Somalia's north.
The role of USA troops during the operation was to provide aerial surveillance and to provide other assistance to the coalition group.
It was also a 3rd Special Forces Group team which was hit in Niger past year, an ambush which killed four American soldiers and led to a massive investigation by the Pentagon. This isn't unusual, as the Mogadishu-based government tends to have very limited practical control outside of the capital city.
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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