Tuesday, 19 June, 2018


U.S. service member killed, 4 others wounded in Somalia

Somalia is the easternmost point in the Horn of Africa US military service member killed in Somalia attack
Bennie Garza | 09 June, 2018, 03:45

The attack was described as complex in nature, with the enemy coordinating their fires resulting in one American soldier Killed in Action and five Wounded in Action, which only left half of the team uninjured by the end of the firefight.

A coalition comprised of around 800 US, Somalian, and Kenyan forces came under attack by mortar and small-arms fire at around 2:45 p.m. local time, AFRICOM said. One of the wounded US service members received sufficient medical care in the field, and the other three were medically evacuated for additional treatment.

One of the wounded United States service members received sufficient medical care in the field, and the other three were medically evacuated for additional treatment.

That incident caused a firestorm in Washington as lawmakers demanded answers on the operation and the larger USA mission in Africa.

The name of the fallen service member is being withheld pending next of kin notification, according to AFRICOM.

The role of United States troops during the operation was to provide aerial surveillance and to provide other assistance to the coalition group.

The Trump administration has expanded military operations against extremists in Somalia, including al Shabaab, which was blamed for the truck bombing in Mogadishu in October that killed more than 500 people. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the service members".

"We have increased the firepower; we've increased the ISR [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] capacity; we've increased various response times", Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of AFRICOM, told reporters on May 10. The Americans train and support Somali troops and give them intelligence information to help in their campaign against al-Shabab, in addition to helping with surveillance and airstrikes.

A US Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) came under attack today in the Bar-Sanguni area near Kismayo in Somalia. The incident is the first known death of a US servicemen in Africa since the ambush in Niger last October, CBS News' David Martin reported.

A US military report on that incident publicized by the Pentagon last month without being fully released found that multiple individual and institutional failures left the USA troops vulnerable to the ambush.

Last year, a Navy SEAL was killed in a nighttime attack in Somalia, marking the first U.S. military combat death there since the infamous "Black Hawk Down" events of 1993, when 18 American servicemen died in the Battle of Mogadishu.

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