Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

U.S. service member killed, 4 others wounded in Somalia

US soldier killed 4 others wounded in ‘enemy attack’ in Somalia Modal Trigger Shutterstock
Melinda Barton | 09 June, 2018, 03:15

The attack marks the first known combat death of a USA service member in Africa since the October 4 ambush of United States and Nigerien forces which claimed the lives of four American troops and five Nigeriens. That was believed to be the first death of a USA troop in Somalia since the infamous 1993 Black Hawk Down disaster.

"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. Or know another veteran, service member, or military spouse who is?

The statement does not identify the attackers but says a larger force of Somalian and Kenyan troops were conducting an operation against al-Shabab militants.

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.

A US service member has been killed and four others injured in Somalia, the USA military confirmed Friday.

The United States has about 500 troops in the country, according to U.S. officials, many of them special operations soliders such as Navy SEALs and U.S. Army Green Berets.

The official added that there were no plans for Somali forces to leave the combat outpost and that they would maintain a presence there. It was unclear whether all 800 US, Kenyan and Somali troops were present when the attack took place.

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).

The death is the first US combat death in Africa since last year's ambush in Niger left four USA soldiers dead.

"The US provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission". "In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia we will continue to degrade the functional networks of ISIS in Somalia and al-Shabaab as these groups pose a direct threat to Americans, our allies, and interests in the region".

However, President Donald Trump has expanded military operations against al-Shabab, the al-Qaeda affiliate there.

Traditionally, US presidents have been wary of intervening in Somalia since 18 special forces soldiers died fighting militias in Mogadishu in 1993, a battle dramatised in the film Black Hawk Down.