Friday, May 5, 2017

U.S. Special Forces Member Killed by Al-Shabaab in Somalia -- U.S. Somali Mission

U.S. African Command said today that a U.S. service member was killed Thursday in a clash with Al-Shabaab about 40 miles west of Mogadishu, Somalia, the first U.S. military death there in 11 years.

In a statement, AFRICOM said U.S. forces "were conducting an advise and assist mission alongside members of the Somali National Army" near Barii.
"Al-Shabaab presents a threat to Americans and American interests. Al Shabaab's affiliate, al-Qaeda has murdered Americans; radicalizes and recruits terrorists and fighters in the United States; and attempts to conduct and inspire attacks against Americans, our allies and our interests around the world, including here at home," the statement added without giving any further details on the attack or the service member.


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