Friday, 19 October, 2018

American Soldier Killed, 4 Wounded in Somalia Firefight

US soldier killed 4 others wounded in ‘enemy attack’ in Somalia Modal Trigger Shutterstock
Charlie Simmons | 10 June, 2018, 08:43

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

Al-Shabab said it stormed a Somali military base near Bosaso in the country's northeast, blew up a USA military vehicle and downed a US surveillance drone.

Witnesses said the attack took place near the town of Sanguni, while the US and Somali troops were digging trenches and setting up other defenses.

We also injured four USA soldiers, ' Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operations spokesman said.

Three of the four wounded US service members were evacuated to receive additional medical treatment, the military said.

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

One member of the "partner forces" was wounded.

President Donald Trump in early 2017 approved expanded military operations against al-Shabab, leading to an increase in USA military personnel to more than 500 and the launch of dozens of drone strikes.

American forces have been back operating in Somalia for more than a decade.

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President Donald Trump called the soldiers heroes Friday night.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somolia".

The U.S. had pulled out of the Horn of Africa nation after 1993, when two helicopters were shot down in Mogadishu and bodies of Americans were dragged through the streets.

The group used to control most parts of the country, but since 2010, its fighters have been removed from most major towns and cities.

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

But Mr Trump approved expanded military operations against al-Shabab in early 2017, leading to an increase in United States military personnel to more than 500 and the launch of dozens of drone strikes. 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.

A US Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) came under attack today in the Bar-Sanguni area near Kismayo in Somalia.

The casualty, coming less than a year after the death in Niger of four Army special operations soldiers, could raise further questions about the presence of USA troops on remote missions in Africa.

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