09 Jun '18, 12am

US Special Forces soldier killed in Shabaab ambush

A US Special Forces soldier was killed earlier today in an ambush by al Qaeda’s East African branch, Shabaab. At least four other US Special Forces personnel, as well as one Somali special forces soldier, were also wounded. The Special Forces soldiers were attacked in an area that is a known Shabaab stronghold. According to US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM), the assault took place near the southern Somali town of Jamaame, a town under the control of the al Qaeda branch. The US military targeted Shabaab fighters in Jamaame earlier this year. A Feb. 21 airstrike in the coastal town killed four Shabaab fighters, AFRICOM noted the day after the strike. The Special Forces team and its Somali partners, known as the Danab unit, were reportedly near a small make-shift outpost near Jamaame when they came under fire, The New York Times reported. An armed drone was reportedly overhe...

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