A USA service member has been killed in Somalia during an operation against the extremist group al Shabab in the first U.S. combat death in the country in more than two decades.
In the Black Hawk Down incident, which was depicted in a movie of that name, 18 USA soldiers were killed after Somali militia shot down two US helicopters in the capital of Mogadishu.
"Senior Chief Kyle Milliken embodied the warrior spirit and toughness infused in our very best Navy SEALs", Rear Adm. Timothy Szymanski, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command said in a Saturday statement. The troops came under small arms fire.
According to one official, there are about 50 American special forces now working with African Union Mission in Somalia and local national commandos as part of a "train and advise mission", and the USA military has been moving in and out of Somalia since a year ago.
Captain Jeff Davis of the US Navy said: "This was an operation targeting an al Shabaab group that had been associated with attacks on US, Somali and Amisom (the peacekeeping mission) forces".
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He said the Americans were there to "advise and assist" the Somali government troops and were not part of the team assigned to enter the compound.
Milliken was killed in the ensuing firefight and two other Americans were wounded.
Both the U.S. and Somalia in recent weeks have declared new efforts against al-Shabab.
Somalia has been the scene of deadly clashes between government forces and al-Shabab militants since 2006.
In early October 1993, elite US special operations forces conducted a failed raid to capture Aidid, leading to the deaths of 18 American troops.
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However, the greatest defeat in United States combative action in Somalia occurred between October 3 and 4, 1993, when Operation Heli-transported forces of the Restore of Hope - considered by many food at bayonet points - lost two Hawks Blacks with their respective endowments.
On Friday, the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) said that a U.S soldier died and two others injured in the operation where the American Special Forces were assisting in what seems to be a high profile Al-Shabab target.
The extremist group, which was chased out of Mogadishu years ago but continues to carry out deadly attacks there, has vowed to step up the violence in response to the moves by Mr Trump and Mr Mohamed. But the militants remain a potent force in some rural areas.
And in 2016, under then-President Barack Obama, that military effort escalated. The US forces used two military helicopters during the attack on Thursday, May 4. First Lt. Weston C. Lee was killed by an improvised explosive device while advising Iraqi security forces battling ISIS inside Mosul.
The White House has granted the U.S. military broader authority to carry out strikes in Somalia against al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab, the latest sign U.S. President Donald Trump is increasing military engagement in the region. The country has been torn apart by civil war since 1991.
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