United States soldier killed, 4 more wounded in Somalia attack

US military service member killed in Somalia attack

US military service member killed in Somalia attack

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

The US troops quickly found themselves on the receiving end of mortar and small arms fires, and in the ensuing fighting, one American soldier was killed, and four others wounded.

Four american military officials wounded during an Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia, are treated for their injuries and discharged.

The attack occurred in Jubaland, where a large force comprising about 800 Somali, Kenyan and United States troops were working to clear a large area of Al-Qaeda-aligned Al-Shabaab fighters.

The Islamic militant group, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack friday that killed one USA service member and wounded four others.

The roughly 500 US troops in Somalia are mostly composed of a number of Special Operations units, including Army Green Berets, Marine Raiders and Navy SEALs spread across the country.

The official did not immediately know who had carried out the attack, but the USA is supporting Somali partners as they target Islamic al-Qaeda militants aligned with the Shabaab group.

US President Donald Trump offered his "thoughts and prayers" to those killed and wounded.

Three of the four USA service members were transferred for medical treatment while the fourth received medical care on the spot, the Washington Post reported. Officials worry the extremist group is in the midst of a resurgence after losing much of the territory it once held in Somalia and many of its fighters in the past several years. "Names are being withheld pending next of kin notification".

In early 2017, Trump approved expanded military operations against al-Shabaab, leading to an increase in USA military personnel to more than 500 and the launch of dozens of drone strikes.

The U.S. military and others have expressed concern about the 21,000-strong AU force's plan to withdraw by 2020 and hand over security responsibilities to Somali forces, saying the local troops are not ready.

In 2011, the armed group was pushed out of the capital, Mogadishu, by Somali troops backed by hundreds of soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) after months of deadly street battles.

The October attack in Niger raised questions in Washington about the us military presence across Africa as the Trump administration focuses counterterror efforts on a range of groups linked to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

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