One US Soldier Killed, Four Injured in Attack in Somalia

Somalia is the easternmost point in the Horn of Africa

Somalia is the easternmost point in the Horn of Africa

A USA special-operations forces service member was killed and four others were wounded in Somalia Friday after they came under small-arms and mortar fire from suspected members of an al Qaeda affiliate, the Pentagon said. "The U.S. provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission".

One U.S. special operations soldier was killed and four U.S. service members were wounded in an attack in Somalia on Friday, June 8, 2018.

One US service member reportedly received sufficient medical care at the scene and three others were transported out of the area to receive treatment.

The attack occurred in Jubaland, where a large force comprising about 800 Somali, Kenyan and United States troops were working to clear a large area of Al-Qaeda-aligned Al-Shabaab fighters.

Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan, reporting from Washington, DC, said about 500 U.S. troops are deployed in Somalia, including highly-trained special forces and Navy Seals.

In September 2014, American officials said they believed a drone strike crippled the group by killing its leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, who at the time was one of the most wanted men in Africa. The US had pulled out of the country after 1993, when two helicopters were shot down in Mogadishu and bodies of Americans were dragged through the streets.

Friday's attack in Jubaland is likely to put renewed scrutiny on America's counterterror operations in Africa.

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President Donald J. Trump issued his condolences to the American soldier who lost his life on Friday. 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.

The most recent USA casualty in Somalia occurred a year ago, when a member of the Navy SEALs was killed in a nighttime attack in Somalia.

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.

Hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area south of Mogadishu, Somalia, on February 17, 2011.

An American soldier has been killed in Somalia while serving as part of an American Special Operations forces team. He said that USA forces in Africa had come under fire about 10 times during the past year.

It comes one day after al-Shabaab overwhelmed the Somali National Army's base by the city of Baidoa, the capital of the Southwestern Bay region of Somalia. A Pentagon investigation of the incident produced a highly critical report.

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