United States military service member killed in Somalia attack

United States military service member killed in Somalia attack

United States military service member killed in Somalia attack

Another U.S. service member in Somalia was killed in May 2017 during an operation about 40 miles west of Mogadishu.

The attack occurred in the Jubaland region, where a large force comprising about 800 Somali, Kenyan and USA troops were clearing a large area of Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabab fighters.

The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

"The combined Somali National Security Forces (SNSF), Kenyan Defense Force (KDF) and USA force came under mortar and small-arms fire at approximately 2:45 p.m. Mogadishu time, killing one US service member and injuring four US service members and one partner force member", said the statement.

Last year, a Navy SEAL was killed in a nighttime attack in Somalia, marking the first United States military combat death there since the infamous "Black Hawk Down" events of 1993, when 18 American servicemen died in the Battle of Mogadishu.

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.

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GETTYOne member of the “partner forces” was wounded along with four other US troops

One member of the "partner forces" was wounded.

Late a year ago USA drone strikes also began targeting a small presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State group in Somalia's north.

The Trump administration has expanded military operations against extremists in Somalia, including al Shabaab, which was blamed for the truck bombing in Mogadishu in October that killed more than 500 people. The injured have been treated and discharged to a U.S.embassy medical team in Kenya, the U.S. Africa command said Saturday. The U.S. military said its personnel had provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission.

Earlier this month, al-Shabab claimed it blew up a US military vehicle and also downed a USA surveillance drone near Bosaso in the country's northeast.

The population in the region had historically supported the government, and the Somali forces had prepared for this mission by coordinating heavily with and securing the support of local authorities ahead of time, officials said.

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