Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

United States military: 4 soldiers wounded in Somalia treated, in Kenya

US military service member killed in Somalia attack BREAKING: US Special Forces attacked in Somalia by Al-Shabab
Glenn Montgomery | 10 June, 2018, 08:48

The U.S. said its personnel had provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission.

Enemy forces used mortars and small-arms fire to attack the US-Somali-Kenyan coalition force.

It was the first public announcement of a USA military combat death in Africa since four US service members were killed in a militant ambush in the West African nation of Niger in October.

Africa Command said the combined US, Somali and Kenyan force included some 800 troops and was part of a mission in the area tasked with setting up a permanent combat outpost when they came under attack.

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.

The coalition force was conducting a "multi-day operation" to clear al-Shabaab, an Islamist militant group, from nearby villages. He was the first US casualty in Somalia since the Black Hawk Down incident in 1993.

It was the first known United States combat death in Africa since an ambush in Niger in October, the New York Times reported. The last killing of a US service member in Somalia was in May 2017 during an operation about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Mogadishu.

US President Donald Trump paid tribute on Twitter last night, offering "thoughts and prayers" to the families of the soldier who was killed and those who were wounded.

The Pentagon has offered little else about the incident, but did say that of the four wounded U.S. soldiers, one was treated sufficiently in the field, while the other three had to be medically evacuated. It was pushed out of Mogadishu in recent years but continues to control rural areas in the south and central regions.

The US said no civilians were killed during the strikes.

Names of the soldiers have not been released while the US notifies next of kin.

In September 2014, USA 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.

A USA military report on that incident publicized by the Pentagon last month without being fully released found that multiple individual and institutional failures left the US troops vulnerable to the ambush.

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