U.S. sol­dier killed in So­ma­lia

Cape Breton Post - - World -

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.

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