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A Navy SEAL was killed and two other U.S. service members were wounded in Somalia on May 5 when they came under attack by members of al Shabab, a Somali-based militant group aligned with al Qaeda, The New York Times reports.
A U.S. defense official confirmed that the incident occurred while the commandos were on a mission advising Somali National Army forces 40 miles west of Mogadishu, and that the American service member was killed by small arms fire.
The name of the fallen SEAL is being withheld until the next of kin is notified.
This appears to be the first time a U.S. service member has been killed in action in Somalia since the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, which resulted in the deaths of 18 Americans.
A small but growing contingent of U.S. troops has been operating quietly in Somalia since December 2013, according to the Washington Post. Their primary mission is to help advise and assist counterterrorism forces; however, U.S. Special Operations troops, including members of SEAL Team 6, have also carried out raids against al Shabab in the country. Al Shabab is also regularly targeted by American airstrikes.
The Trump administration has been planning to step up military operations in Somalia as terrorist groups — namely, al Shabab and ISIS — continue to expand their footprint in the country, according to Al Jazeera. The commandos killed and wounded in Friday’s attack were not part of that stepped-up effort, CNN reports.
Reports of U.S. military casualties from recent months provide a glimpse at the scope of the War on Terror as it’s being fought now. Since November 2016, American troops have been killed fighting in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, and now Somalia.
“We continue to support our Somali and regional partners to systematically dismantle this Al Qaeda affiliate, and help them to achieve stability and security throughout the region as part of the global counterterrorism effort,” Africa Command said in the statement.
CAMP PENDLETON — The military prosecution of a Coast Guardsman accused of murder began Wednesday with a preliminary hearing at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
Seaman Ethan W. Tucker, 21, was arrested August 28 after a seven-month Coast Guard investigation into the January death of Seaman Ethan Kelch, 19, who served on the same ship as Tucker— the Kodiak, Alaska-based high endurance cutter Douglas Munro.
ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey would press on with its offensive into northeastern Syria and "crush the heads of terrorists" if a deal with Washington on the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from the area were not fully implemented.
Erdogan agreed on Thursday in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence a five-day pause in the offensive to allow time for the Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a "safe zone" Turkey aims to establish in northeast Syria near the Turkish border.
President Trump stoked confusion Friday by declaring the U.S. has "secured the Oil" in the Middle East amid continued fallout from the Turkish invasion of northern Syria that he enabled by pulling American troops out of the region.
It wasn't immediately clear what the president was talking about, as there were no publicly known developments in Syria or elsewhere in the Middle East relating to oil. White House aides did not return requests for comment.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. State Department investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state has found no evidence of deliberate mishandling of classified information by department employees.
The investigation, the results of which were released on Friday by Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley's office, centered on whether Clinton, who served as the top U.S. diplomat from 2009 to 2013, jeopardized classified information by using a private email server rather than a government one.
BYESVILLE — A Meadowbrook High School student removed from class last Friday for being intoxicated is now facing a felony charge after allegedly threatening to shoot people if the previous incident harmed his chances to join a branch of the United States military.
Gabriel D. Blackledge, 18, of Cambridge, is facing one count of making terrorist threats, a third-degree felony, filed by the Guernsey County Sheriff's Office on Thursday. Blackledge remained incarcerated in the county jail on a $250,000 bond with no 10 percent allowed, according to the sheriff's office's website.