Soldier killed in Somalia attack identified

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

"The US provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission".

A U.S. special operations soldier has been killed and four USA service members wounded in an "enemy attack" in Somalia.

The combined Somali National Security Forces, Kenyan Defense Force and USA force came under mortar and small-arms fire at about 2:45 p.m. Mogadishu time (7:45 a.m. EST).

A USA special operations soldier has been killed and five military personnel - including four American service members - wounded in an "enemy attack" in southwestern Somalia, according to USA officials.

The attack comes one day after al-Shabaab overwhelmed the Somali National Army's base by the city of Baidoa, the capital of the Southwestern Bay region of Somalia, on June 7.

Four U.S. service members were killed in a militant ambush in the west African nation of Niger in October.

This is the second us military fatality in Somalia in the a year ago.

Militants affiliated with al-Shabab have threatened to conduct attacks against the United States, and the USA military has said the group poses a direct threat to us interests and allies in the region.

That death was followed by an ugly confrontation between President Donald Trump, members of his staff and the widow of one of the soldiers killed.

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A U.S. Africa Command statement says the four wounded are now in the care of the U.S. Embassy medical team in neighboring Kenya.

Hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area south of Mogadishu, Somalia, on February 17, 2011.

The U.S. has about 1,000 special operations personnel in Africa.

Trump approved expanded military operations against al-Shabab in early 2017, leading to an increase in USA military personnel to more than 500 and the launch of dozens of drone strikes.

Late previous year USA drone strikes also began targeting a small presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State group in Somalia's north.

The names of victims will not be released until the families have been notified.

Al-Shabaab is fighting to overthrow Somalia's central government and establish its own rule based on its interpretation of Islamic law.

The role of United States troops during the operation was to provide aerial surveillance and to provide other assistance to the coalition group.

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