09 Jun '18, 1am

US servicemember killed, 4 others wounded in attack in Somalia via @john_vandiver

STUTTGART, Germany — A U.S. special operations commando was killed and four other servicemembers were injured Friday in Somalia when their patrol was attacked by fighters aligned with the terrorist group al-Shabab, U.S. Africa Command said. The U.S. forces were on a patrol with Somali and Kenyan troops when they were attacked with mortars and small arms in southern Somalia, AFRICOM said. A large force of about 800 troops from the Somalian and Kenyan defense forces took part in the operation, which was a multi-day mission some 400 miles southwest of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. “The mission’s objectives were to clear al-Shabab from contested areas, liberate villages from al-Shabab control, and establish a permanent combat outpost designed to increase the span of Federal Government of Somalia security and governance,” AFRICOM said. The military did not say how many U.S...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/us-servicemember-killed-4-others-...

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