Saturday, 18 August, 2018

USA military service member killed in Somalia attack

Somalia is the easternmost point in the Horn of Africa The Latest: Army says soldier from Arizona killed in Somalia | Charlotte Observer
Patty Aguilar | 10 June, 2018, 00:19

The attack marks the first known combat death of a U.S. service member in African since the October 4 ambush of United States and Nigerian forces which killed four USA troops and five Nigerians.

A US special operations soldier was killed and four USA service members were wounded Friday in an "enemy attack" in Somalia, the USA military said.

"We also injured four USA soldiers", Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operations spokesman, told Reuters on late Friday.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somolia". "They are truly all HEROES". "The U.S. provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission".

Friday's joint operation, part of a multi-day mission including about 800 Somali and Kenyan troops, aimed to clear al-Shabab from contested areas.

AFRICOM has conducted several airstrikes in Somalia recently, including a June 2 strike that killed 27 al-Shabaab militants southwest of Bosasso. One of the wounded US service members received sufficient medical care in the field, and the other three were medically evacuated for additional treatment.

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Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked armed group, is fighting to overthrow Somalia's central government and establish its own rule based on its interpretation of Islamic law in the Horn of Africa country.

The U.S. has about 1,000 special operations personnel in Africa.

The U.S. has about 500 troops in Somalia, mostly in Special Operations. A U.S. Africa Command statement said the four were in the care of the U.S. Embassy medical team in neighboring Kenya. He was the first USA casualty in Somalia since the Black Hawk Down incident in 1993.

"This attack comes just as the USA 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.

The October attack in Niger raised questions in Washington about the us military presence across Africa as the Trump administration focuses counterterror efforts on a range of groups linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. A Pentagon investigation of the incident produced a highly critical report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News.

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