4 soldiers wounded in Somalia treated, in Kenya — US military

Larry Hoffman
June 10, 2018

The US military official said "dozens" of US advisers participated in the overall operation, adding that while the al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab was known to have influence in the area, the local village was seen as friendly to the federal government.

"During an operation June 8, 2018, in Jubaland, Somalia, one U.S. Special Operations member was killed and four U.S. service members and one partner force was wounded as the result of an enemy attack", U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said in a statement.

"We attacked a military base killed one USA soldier, two Kenyan soldiers and nine Somali soldiers from Jubbaland state".

Friday's attack also follows the October 4 ambush in Niger that killed four USA soldiers, their interpreter, and four Nigerien troops.

Somali and Kenyan troops have been conducting a multi-day operation against al-Shabab militants about 220 miles southwest of the capital, Mogadishu, when the attack occurred. He was the first USA casualty in Somalia since the Black Hawk Down incident in 1993.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somolia".

Associated Press video on Friday showed Somali forces firing weapons from atop pickup trucks in a muddy rural area, and an unidentified US soldier speaking with local residents. One of the wounded U.S service members received sufficient medical care in the field. The group was blamed for a truck bombing in Mogadishu in October that killed more than 500 people and raised concerns about its ability to build larger explosives.

Late a year ago US drone strikes also began targeting a small presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State group in Somalia's north. Earlier Friday, the U.S. Africa Command issued a statement in response to allegations that civilians had been killed in a May 9 operation, saying a "thorough review" found the allegations to be "not credible".

The U.S. team was backed up by armed surveillance aircraft, the officials said.

A US Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) came under attack today in the Bar-Sanguni area near Kismayo in Somalia.

The group used to control most parts of the country, but since 2010, its fighters have been removed from most major towns and cities. A Pentagon investigation of the incident produced a highly critical report.

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