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U.S. soldier killed, 4 others wounded in 'enemy attack' in Somalia

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Somalia is the easternmost point in the Horn of Africa

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.

One US service member reportedly received sufficient medical care at the scene and three others were transported out of the area to receive treatment.

The attack was described as complex in nature, with the enemy coordinating their fires resulting in one American soldier Killed in Action and five Wounded in Action, which only left half of the team uninjured by the end of the firefight. One of the wounded USA service members received sufficient medical care in the field, and the other three were medically evacuated for additional treatment.

The coalition forces were conducting a "multi-day operation" to clear al-Shabaab - an Islamist militant group - from villages and establish a "permanent combat outpost" around 217 miles southwest of Mogadishu.

"Names are being withheld pending next of kin notification".

One member of the "partner forces" was wounded.

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A USA service member was killed Friday in southern Somalia, according to four United States military officials. Since the Niger ambush, Special Forces teams have had their hands tied and wings clipped according to SOFREP sources who stated that they were hardly able to leave their bases anymore.

The US troops were on a training mission with local Somali and Kenyan forces when the attack occurred. It was unclear whether all 800 US, Kenyan and Somali troops were present when the attack took place.

Four U.S. service members were killed in a militant ambush in the west African nation of Niger in October. Afterward, Africa Command revisited the protection that US troops in Africa on operations.

Whether or not Al-Shabaab was motivated and emboldened by what happened in Niger past year and wanted to repeat the tactical successes of their fellow Jihadis is unknown at this time.

A US Department of Defense (DoD) representative confirmed to AFP that one American soldier was killed and four were wounded. "In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia we will continue to degrade the functional networks of ISIS in Somalia and al-Shabaab as these groups pose a direct threat to Americans, our allies, and interests in the region".

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