Fort Bragg soldier killed in Somalia attack

Fort Bragg soldier killed in Somalia attack

Fort Bragg soldier killed in Somalia attack

A USA special-operations forces service member was killed and four others were wounded in Somalia Friday after they came under small-arms and mortar fire from suspected members of an al Qaeda affiliate, the Pentagon said.

A USA military official confirmed the attack in the country's south, about 50 kilometers (32 miles) north of the port city of Kismayo, killed one us troop and wounded four others.

On Saturday, officials said the wounded Americans "have been treated and discharged and are now under the care of the U.S. Embassy Medical Team in Kenya as they await follow-on transportation for additional medical evacuation".

In a statement Saturday, U.S. Africa Command said the wounded American service members have been "treated and discharged" and remained in the care of a U.S. medical team in Kenya as they awaited "follow-on transportation". "They are truly all HEROES", Trump tweeted, misspelling the name of the country in which the attack took place.

Last year, a Navy SEAL was killed in a nighttime attack in Somalia, marking the first United States military combat death there since the infamous "Black Hawk Down" events of 1993, when 18 American servicemen died in the Battle of Mogadishu. Afterward, Africa Command revisited the protection that US troops in Africa on operations. Though the group remains primarily a regional threat, the USA military has deployed to Somalia to prevent the extremists from operating freely in a safe haven. In addition, the US had armed surveillance aircraft overhead.

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

The US had pulled out of the Horn of Africa nation after 1993, when two helicopters were shot down in Mogadishu and bodies of Americans were dragged through the streets. Al-Shabab has been blamed for the October truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed more than 500 people.

Al-Shabab, an affiliate of al-Qaida, claimed credit for the attack; it has been fighting USA forces in East Africa for more than a decade. But U.S. military leaders later acknowledged that the Navy SEALs were operating alongside the Somali military when they launched the raid. Its fighters continue to attack the bases of a multinational African Union force that remains largely responsible for security as Somalia's fragile central government tries to recover from decades of chaos.

Since being pushed out of Mogadishu in 2011, the group has lost control of most of Somalia's cities and towns.

In a post picked up by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors online extremist message boards, al-Shabab said its fighters had struck a joint U.S. A Pentagon report found the deaths of the four soldiers, who were ambushed during an operation, were due to a series of military failures, including inadequate training.

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