Trump tweets condolences after USA soldier killed in Somalia

Somalia is the easternmost point in the Horn of Africa

Trump tweets condolences after USA soldier killed in Somalia

The U.S. said its personnel had provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission.

A U.S. special operations service member was killed and four other U.S. service members and a partner force service member were wounded as the result of an enemy attack during an operation today in Jubaland, Somalia, U.S. Africa Command officials said.

American forces under the U.S. military's Africa Command are partnering with African Union Mission to Somalia (Amisom) and Somali national security forces in counterterrorism operations, and have conducted frequent raids and drone strikes on Shabaab training camps throughout Somalia.

At least one U.S. special forces solider was killed and four United States service members were wounded after an enemy attack in Somalia.

A large force consisting of about 800 SNSF and KDF service members was conducting a multiday operation nearly 220 miles southwest of Mogadishu when the attack occurred.

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A US special operations soldier was killed in Somalia on Friday and four other USA service members were wounded, marking the first time an American has died in action in Africa since four USA soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger late a year ago. The operation aimed to drive out the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab from contested areas.

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.

Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked armed group, is fighting to overthrow Somalia's central government and establish its own rule based on its interpretation of Islamic law in the Horn of Africa country.

Another U.S. service member in Somalia was killed in May 2017 during an operation about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Mogadishu. Three of the wounded USA service members and the one local fighter who was wounded in the attack were medically evacuated, the Pentagon said.

Since being pushed out of Mogadishu in 2011, the group has lost control of most of Somalia's cities and towns. The Pentagon has carefully monitored the spread of radical Islamic jihad across Africa but insisted that US troops are there to train and partner with local forces, not necessarily to fight.

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The Pentagon is withholding the name of the fallen soldier pending next of kin notification.

More than 7,300 Special Operations troops are working around the world, many of them conducting shadow wars against terrorists in Yemen, Libya, Somalia and other hot spots.

The last killing of a USA service member in Somalia was in May 2017 during an operation about 40 miles west of Mogadishu.

It follows the death of four USA soldiers in Niger last October in an ambush attack that raised questions about the continuing role of American forces in Africa.

Mostly composed of special operators such as Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs and Marine Raiders, the USA forces in Somalia have conducted frequent raids and drone strikes on Shabaab training camps throughout Somalia. A Pentagon investigation of the incident produced a highly critical report.

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