US Soldier Killed, 4 Wounded in Battle Against Militants in Somalia

US Soldier Killed, 4 Wounded in Battle Against Militants in Somalia

That death was followed by an ugly confrontation between President Donald Trump, members of his staff and the widow of one of the soldiers killed. The injured service members were medevaced to Djibouti, where US Africa Command (AFRICOM) maintains its Camp Lemonnier base.

"The U.S. provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission", AFRICOM said.

The terrorist group al-Shabaab, the local al-Qaeda affiliate, has claimed responsibility for the attack. "Three U.S. service members and the one partner force wounded were medically evacuated to receive additional treatment".

It's the first public announcement of a USA military combat death on the continent since four US service members were killed in a militant ambush in the west African nation of Niger in October.

A USA military official confirmed the attack in the country's south, about 50 kilometers (32 miles) north of the port city of Kismayo, killed one us troop and wounded four others.

The names of the soldiers have not been released while the US notifies next of kin. The group was blamed for a truck bombing in Mogadishu in October that killed more than 500 people and raised concerns about its ability to build larger explosives.

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

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 said that USA forces in Africa had come under fire about 10 times during the past year.

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.

The stepped up USA campaign in Somalia comes as an global African Union force prepares to withdraw from its military mission in the country.

There are now about 500 United States troops in Somalia who have been there since 2013 advising local forces battling the al Qaeda affiliate al Shabaab.

A Pentagon investigation into the Niger attack, parts of which were made public last month, found multiple failures but none that directly caused the ambush by Islamic State group-linked fighters.

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