One US special forces soldier is dead and four wounded after gun battle with militants in Somalia

Mail Online | 6/8/2018 | Keith Griffith For;Wires
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An American special operations soldier has been killed in an attack in Somalia that also wounded four other US military personnel and one Somali soldier.

The attack by suspected Al-Shabaab militants occurred on Friday in Somalia's southern Jubaland province, where a small joint US-Somali outpost came under small arms and mortar fire, US defense officials said.

Al-Shabaab - Al - Qaeda - Branch - Somalia

Al-Shabaab, Al Qaeda's branch in Somalia, boasted of mounting a 'fierce attack' on resulting in the casualties the outskirts of the town of Kismayo, according to a transmission intercepted by the SITE Intelligence Group.

US officials were unable to immediately confirm who carried out the attack. The American forces were reportedly fighting with air cover from an armed surveillance drone.

US - Troops - Somalia - Part - Mission

Roughly 500 US troops are stationed in Somalia as part of an ongoing mission to assist the country's national security forces in counter-terrorism operations.

Mostly composed of special operators such as Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs and Marine Raiders, the US forces in Somalia have conducted frequent raids and drone strikes on Shabaab training camps throughout Somalia.

Death - US - Soldiers - Niger - October

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

The most recent US casualty in Somalia occurred...
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