Trump tweets condolences after U.S. soldier killed in Somalia
Trump tweets condolences after U.S. soldier killed in Somalia
BREAKING: US Special Forces attacked in Somalia by Al-Shabab
10 June, 2018, 08:45
The US military says its forces operate on an "advise and assist" mission with the Somali National Army.
U.S. troops with Somali and Kenyan forces came under mortar and small-arms fire in Jubaland, Somalia around 2:45 p.m. local time, U.S. Africa Command said in a statement.
Somali officials have said civilians have been killed in more than one joint US military operation with Somali forces.
"There was an attack in Jubaland, Somalia and it resulted in one USA killed, four U.S. wounded and one partner wounded", the official said.
The U.S. Africa Command reported killing 27 al-Shabaab terrorists Saturday, and in 2014 the U.S. said it killed the group's leader Ahmed Abdi Godane in a drone strike.
The mission's objectives were to "clear Shabaab from contested areas, liberate villages from Shabaab control and establish a permanent combat outpost created to increase the span of federal government of Somalia security and governance", Africa Command said. He was the first USA casualty in Somalia since the Black Hawk Down incident in 1993.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somolia (sic)", he tweeted.
President Donald Trump called the soldiers heroes Friday night.
One US service member reportedly received sufficient medical care at the scene and three others were transported out of the area to receive treatment.
Al-Shabab was forced out of the capital, Mogadishu, in August 2011 following an offensive spearheaded by African Union (AU) troops, and left the vital port of Kismayo in September 2012.
"The mission's objectives were to clear al-Shabaab from contested areas, liberate villages from al-Shabaab control, and establish a permanent combat outpost created to increase the span of Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) security and governance", said the Africom statement.
The Pentagon is withholding the name of the fallen soldier pending next of kin notification.
The US troops were on a training mission with local Somali and Kenyan forces when the attack occurred.
US military operations in Africa have come under greater scrutiny since an October 4 ambush by Islamic State militants in the West African country of Niger left four USA soldiers dead.
The U.S. team was backed up by armed surveillance aircraft, the officials said. A Pentagon investigation of the incident produced a highly critical report.
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