Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Attack in Somalia Kills U.S. Service Member, Wounds Others

Attack in Somalia Kills U.S. Service Member, Wounds Others

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

The military said earlier that four other US service members were wounded in an extremist attack in Somalia.

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

A U.S. special operations soldier has been killed and five military personnel - including four American service members - wounded in an "enemy attack" in southwestern Somalia, according to United States officials.

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The troops had been on a mission to clear al Shabaab from contested areas as well as villages the militants controlled, "and establish a permanent combat outpost" to expand the reach of the Somali state, according to the us statement.

The Somali government is dedicated to restoring peace and stability to the Somali people, and the USA supports those efforts, Africom officials said in the statement, noting that this mission was specifically created to increase the government's ability to provide vital services to innocent civilians living under al-Shabab's rule.

USA troops with Somali and Kenyan forces came under mortar and small-arms fire Friday in Jubaland.

President Donald J. Trump issued his condolences to the American soldier who lost his life on Friday. Officials worry the extremist group is in the midst of a resurgence after losing much of the territory it once held in Somalia and many of its fighters in the past several years.

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Although one of the wounded Americans did not receive additional care after being treated in the field, the other three and the wounded local soldier were medically evacuated for follow-up care.

Around 500 American forces are stationed throughout Somalia including a number of Special Operations units comprised Army Green Berets, Marine Raiders and Navy SEALS. Since 2007, Al-Shabaab has been fighting to overthrow the internationally backed government in Somalia.

The US have been providing advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission.

On Monday, The New York Times reported that a sweeping Pentagon review of elite USA commando missions is likely to result in a sharp cut - by as much as half over the next three years - in Special Operations forces in Africa.

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The US's role in AFRICOM's area of responsibility has come under heavy scrutiny following an October ambush in Niger that left four soldiers dead.

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