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.
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.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.