U.S. soldier killed in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia — A U.S. service member has been killed in Somalia during an operation against the extremist group alShabab — the first U.S. combat death there in more than two decades — as the United States steps up its fight against the al-Qaida-linked organization in a country that remains largely chaos.
“We do not believe there has been a case where a U.S. service member has been killed in combat action in Somalia since the incident there in 1993,” U.S. Africa Command said Friday. The U.S. pulled out of Somalia after that incident in which two helicopters were shot down in the capital, Mogadishu, and bodies of Americans were dragged through the streets. U.S. Africa Command said the service member was killed and two others wounded Thursday during the operation near Barii, about 64 kilometres west of Mogadishu. The U.S. special operations troops came under fire after U.S. aircraft delivered Somali forces to the target area, a Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, told reporters.