At least one US special forces soldier was killed and four US service members were wounded after an enemy attack in Jubaland, Somalia, according to a statement from US Africa Command (AFRICOM). The U.S. provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission, the statement said.
An American special operations soldier has been killed in an attack in Somalia that also wounded four other United States military personnel and one Somali soldier. A fourth servicemember suffered injuries minor enough to receive sufficient medical care in the field, AFRICOM said.
One member of the "partner forces" was wounded.
President Donald Trump in early 2017 approved expanded military operations against al-Shabaab, leading to an increase in us military personnel to more than 500 and the launch of dozens of drone strikes.
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A US Department of Defence (DoD) representative said one US solider was killed. The group was blamed for the truck bombing in Mogadishu in October that killed more than 500 people and raised concerns about al-Shabaab's ability to build ever-larger explosives.
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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. "In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia we will continue to degrade the functional networks of ISIS in Somalia and al-Shabaab as these groups pose a direct threat to Americans, our allies, and interests in the region".
Mostly composed of special operators such as Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs and Marine Raiders, the U.S. forces in Somalia have conducted frequent raids and drone strikes on Shabaab training camps throughout Somalia.
The recent attack in Somalia comes as a challenging time for Special Operations Forces on the African continent.
The investigation has already triggered changes in the way military activities are carried out in Niger and elsewhere in Africa, including giving teams the option to use heavily armored vehicles and beefed-up firepower.