U.S. soldier killed, 4 others wounded in 'enemy attack' in Somalia

Since 2007 Al-Shabaab an Al Qaeda linked group has been fighting to overthrow the internationally backed government in Somalia

Since 2007 Al-Shabaab an Al Qaeda linked group has been fighting to overthrow the internationally backed government in Somalia

The U.S. military has about 500 troops in Somalia, Martin reports.

An American special operations soldier was killed and four U.S. service members were wounded Friday in an "enemy attack", according to U.S. Africa Command.

Four other US soldiers and a Somali soldier were wounded in what appears to have been an ambush near the town of Jamaame, US defence officials added. One of the wounded USA service members received sufficient medical care in the field, and the other three were medically evacuated for additional treatment.

The American forces were advising and assisting a large force of 800 Somali and Kenyan military forces that was part of a multi-day operation in an area of Jubaland located 217 miles southwest of the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

AFRICOM said the mission that resulted in the death of a us commando was created to increase the local government's ability to provide government services "to innocent civilians living under al-Shabab's rule".

"The population in the region had historically supported the government, and the Somali forces had prepared for this mission by coordinating heavily with and securing the support of local authorities ahead of time", U.S. Africa Command said. The US said no civilians were killed during the strikes.

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The recent attack in Somalia comes as a challenging time for Special Operations Forces on the African continent.

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

Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan, reporting from Washington, DC, said about 500 U.S. troops are deployed in Somalia, including highly-trained special forces and Navy Seals.

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

The most recent United States casualty in Somalia occurred a year ago, when a member of the Navy SEALs was killed in a nighttime attack in Somalia. 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. The Americans were working in cooperation with local partner forces when they were attacked.

For several years, US special operations troops have been on the front lines in Somalia, advising local troops in a long running campaign against the al-Qaida aligned al-Shabab group.

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