U.S. soldier killed in suspected al Shabab attack in Somalia

Leroy Wright
June 10, 2018

"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", U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said in a statement.

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.

An American commando was killed Friday in an attack in southern Somalia that also wounded four USA military personnel along with a Somali soldier, officials said. Three of the wounded US service members and the one local fighter who was wounded in the attack were medically evacuated, the Pentagon said.

The New York Times reports that al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack.

"One of the wounded U.S service members received sufficient medical care in the field".

The U.S. has about 500 troops in Somalia, mostly in Special Operations.

Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, who heads U.S. Africa Command, said at a Pentagon press conference that he had taken steps to better ensure the safety of U.S. service members in future operations.

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"This attack comes just as the U.S. 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.

US President Donald Trump offered his condolences via Twitter. He said that US forces in Africa had come under fire about 10 times during the past year.

The most recent United States casualty in Somalia occurred previous year, when a member of the Navy SEALs was killed in a nighttime attack in Somalia.

Al-Shabab, which is fighting to impose Shariah law across Somalia, was pushed out of the capital, Mogadishu, and other major urban cities more than two years ago. Its fighters continue to attack the bases of a multinational African Union force that remains largely responsible for security as Somalia's fragile central government tries to recover from decades of chaos.

But al-Shabab has continued to carry out deadly suicide bomb attacks in Mogadishu, while retaining a strong presence in other parts of the country.

A Pentagon investigation into the Niger attack, parts of which were made public last month, found multiple failures but none that directly caused the ambush by Islamic State group-linked fighters.

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