Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Navy Seal killed in Somalia was based in Virginia Beach


Before the partnered force reached its target, it came under heavy fire from al-Shabab fighters, a second USA military official in the region told NBC News. But they are not directly engaged in combat unless they find themselves in a self-defense situation. He was a career Navy SEAL, graduated from University of CT and resided in the Oceanfront community.

The United States on Saturday vowed to deepen its partnership with Somalia to stabilize the country despite the death of its military service member in the Horn of Africa nation on Friday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

AMISOM forces have been in Somalia since 2007, gradually expanding to secure the capital and pushing into major towns.

An al-Shabaab leader was killed in the lower Shabelle region in an operation conducted by the Somali National Army.

American military forces also work closely with African Union peacekeeping troops in Somalia.

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"Leave al-Shabab now", the government statement said Sunday.

As the WSJ writes, in late March, a change in policy by President Donald Trump allowed the military to step up its fight against al-Shabaab, declaring Somalia an area of active hostilities.

They will join about 50 Special Operations Forces in the advisory mission that has been under way since 2013.

There have been several instances over the past year where some of these American forces have engaged in firefights in self-defense.

USA military and counterterrorism advisors have been present in Somalia for at least a decade and regularly coordinate drone strikes against Al-Shabab.

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"U.S. forces are assisting partner forces to counter al-Shabab in Somalia to degrade the al-Qaeda affiliate's ability to recruit, train and plot external terror attacks throughout the region and in America", the statement added.

Milliken, 38, is the first USA service member killed in combat in Somalia since the infamous "Black Hawk Down" battle in 1993 that left 18 US military personnel dead, according to the Pentagon. "Black Hawk Down" has become synonymous with the US military intervention in Somalia. That incident, which became known as "Black Hawk Down", generated a firestorm of criticism for the Clinton administration, prompting the withdrawal of USA troops from Somalia and the resignation of then-Defense Sec.

During his last tour, Milliken was killed in Somalia.

Al-Shabaab has been ramping up small-scale attacks using mostly improvised explosive devices in recent months, especially since February when the country elected its new president. "The expanded authorities were not applicable to this situation", said Patrick Barnes, a Africa Command spokesman.

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