U.S. soldier killed in Somalia firefight identified

Marsha Scott
June 11, 2018

The U.S. military said its special forces provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission.

Still, the US has made several changes in the way its forces have been operating in Africa, the result of an investigation into an October 2017 ambush of USA special operations forces in Niger that left four Americans and four Nigeriens dead.

One local soldier was also wounded when they were attacked by mortars and small arms fire, added the statement.

A US Defense official confirmed to media that four American soldiers were injured in the attack.

"Names are being withheld pending next of kin notification".

Al-Shabab claimed credit for the attack, the SITE Intelligence Group said in a statement Friday.

The multinational force "came under mortar and small-arms fire at approximately 2:45pm Mogadishu time, killing one United States service member and injuring four U.S. service members and one partner force member", the USA military's Africa Command said.

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Last May, a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed near the village of Dar es Salam in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region, the first U.S. casualty in the country since 1993's Black Hawk Down incident.

U.S. forces, in an advise-and-assist capacity, partnered with Somali forces in a raid targeting Ial-Qaeda militants aligned with al-Shabaab on May 9. "We also injured four USA soldiers", Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operations spokesman, told Reuters on late Friday.

A U.S. Africa Command statement says the four wounded are now in the care of the U.S. Embassy medical team in neighboring Kenya.

About 500 U.S. troops are deployed in Somalia.

Somali officials have said civilians have been killed in more than one joint US military operation with Somali forces.

Whether U.S. forces in other parts of Africa have been asked to take similar precautions is not clear.

During a seven-month investigation into the attack, led by officials from the Pentagon's Africa Command, the Special Operations general in charge of American commandos in Africa issued a series of orders that roughly mirrored the actions in Somalia, putting in place stringent guidelines to ensure that those on the ground had the proper support before leaving on a mission.

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