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11 June 2018, 04:04 | Floyd Cook
Major Hussein Ali, a Somali military officer told Reuters the attack took place at a military base just outside the town of Kismayu in Southern Somalia. "They are truly all HEROES", Mr Trump tweeted, misspelling the name of the country.
-Somali force north of Kismayo came as USA military officials have been considering plans to cut the number of US special operations forces deployed to Africa.
They were members of United States special operations forces, who were fighting the militants along with 800 troops from the Somali National Security Forces and Kenyan Defense Forces.
It was the first public announcement of a USA military combat death on the continent since four US service members were killed in a militant ambush in the west African nation of Niger in October. USA forces provided "advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission." the US military said. According to one military official familiar with the attack, the Special Forces soldiers had less than a month left on their deployment.
US forces have been working with the Somali government to fight the al-Shabab terror group, which has publicly boasted of its alliance with al-Qaeda and has been fighting Somalia's internationally recognized government for control of the country since the militant group was ousted from Mogadishu in 2011 by African Union-led forces.
The U.S. has about 1,000 special operations personnel in Africa. The group was blamed for the truck bombing in Mogadishu in October that killed more than 500 people and raised concerns about al-Shabab's ability to build ever-larger explosives.
But it still has a strong presence in regions around the capital.
Al-Shabab quickly claimed responsibility for the attack on Telegram via its Shahada News Agency.
Last May, a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed near the village of Dar es Salam in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region, the first U.S. casualty in the country since 1993's Black Hawk Down incident. The injured have been treated and discharged to a U.S.embassy medical team in Kenya, the U.S. Africa command said Saturday.
Somali officials have said civilians have been killed in more than one joint USA military operation with Somali forces.
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