US Soldier Killed on Somalia Mission

Navy SEAL killed while fighting militants in Somalia. The U.S. forces were conducting an advise and assist mission with Somali army members.

Navy SEAL killed while fighting militants in Somalia
A US Navy SEAL has been killed during an operation targeting the Islamic militant group al-Shabaab in Somalia. (AFP Photo / Patrick Baz)


A member of the US military has been killed in Somalia, the first confirmed US combat death there since the 1993 disastrous Black Hawk Down incident. This happened on Thursday during operations against al-Shabab militants about 64km (40 miles) west of the capital Mogadishu, near the town of Barii, the US military says.

Two other US service members were hurt.

US forces were on an “advise and assist” mission with the Somali National Army, the US military says. American presidents have been wary of intervention in Somalia since 18 special forces soldiers died fighting militias in Mogadishu in 1993, a battle dramatised in the film Black Hawk Down.

However, President Donald Trump has expanded military action against the al-Qaeda affiliate in the Horn of Africa nation.

US Africa Command spokeswoman Robyn Mack said the American “service member” had been struck by small arms fire. Two other members of the US military wounded in the same incident were receiving “proper medical attention”, she added.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a US Navy Seal had been killed, Reuters news agency reports.

In Thursday’s mission, US troops were hunting an al-Shabab commander near the Shabelle river, the news agency reports.

In March, Mr Trump approved a Pentagon plan to escalate operations against al-Shabab, including additional air strikes.

Last month, dozens of American soldiers were deployed to Mogadishu to train and equip Somali and African Union troops.

It was the first time regular US troops had been sent to Somalia since 1994, though some counter-terrorism advisers were already there.

Analysts say the soldier killed on Thursday would not have been one of the soldiers recently sent to Somalia.

16 thoughts on “US Soldier Killed on Somalia Mission

  1. LOL
    Sudan and Ethiopia on alert for Egyptian military strike

    Sudanese and Ethiopian forces operating on the border between the two countries are in place to prepare for any offensive that Egypt might launch against Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam on the River Nile, intelligence and security sources in Khartoum have revealed to MEMO.

    The two armies have been alerted that the Egyptian air force now has the capability to strike the dam at a distance of up to 1,500 kilometres, following the purchase of 24 Rafale fighter jets from France. The Ethiopians have deployed long-range missiles around the dam as a precautionary measure and Sudan’s forces have been placed on standby.

    The Renaissance Dam is being built to fulfil Ethiopia’s energy needs; it is on the Nile in the Benishagul Gumuz region. The project is opposed by Egypt, which believes that it will affect the flow of the great river and cause water shortages. The scheme is set to be the eighth largest dam in the world and has caused a major diplomatic row between the Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. After initial objections, Sudan supports the building of the reservoir behind the dam.

    Relations between Egypt and Ethiopia hit a low point in 2013 when Egyptian politicians inadvertently discussed sabotaging the dam in a live broadcast on state-owned television. A declaration of principles signed by the governments in Cairo, Khartoum and Addis Ababa has not helped to ease the tension. It is unclear whether the agreement will actually have any significant impact on the situation.

    Reports published last week by Sudanese newspapers quoted members of an Eritrean opposition group who suggested that Egypt has made a secret deal to open a new naval base on Nora Island in the Red Sea off the coast of Eritrea, Ethiopia’s northern neighbour. The move has angered Addis Ababa, even though Egyptian military sources have denied any such plan.

    1. Indeed, I too did LMAO! This is obviously TPLF funneled story full of false bravado — just to make TPLF look strong and in control. The funny thing is that Sudan is being presented here as subservient state of TPLF.

      1. This is just another pure Weyane’s propoganda to deceive the Ethiopian people, and to prolong his stay in power while milking/transferring the Oromo wealth to Mekele. But the Ethiopian people won’t fall to this cheap ሌባ ወያነ።

        1. LOL a cheap propaganda at that. It didn’t even cite a singe source. This is just another sign the Woyane regime is desperate for big news…. as Tigrayans reporting an uptick in fighting in and around Tigray.

    2. Egypt has seen how easy it was when Ethiopia diverted the Nile during the construction of GERD and Ethiopia can diverte the Nile every now and then just for fun and Egypt can’t do much about it.

      1. So you know, diverting the Nile doesn’t cutoff the flows to Egypt and therefore very minimal impact to Egypt. However, damming the Nile, and creating a massive made lake which take 3 to 7 years to fill up is entirely a different ball game.

        If you were to cut off all of the flows from Lake Tana, not Woayne’s land as well know, it will take about 3 years to fill up GERD. If one was to only divert half of the flows from Lake Tana, it will take about 6 to 7 years to full up Woyane’s imaginary lake. GERD in nothing but Woyane’s tool for creating regional conflict and prolong its life support machine. I am sure Woyane will be going to Washington and proposing to the True regime that they millions of cannon fodder and if the US pays them up, they will risk the lives of thousands of Ethiopians to protect a single causalities from their handlers. Just an Idea that you can share with Woyane :))

        1. GERD is nothing but woyanes tool for creating regional conflicts and I quote. So does Uganda, Kenya and Djibouti all in this “creating” regional conflict? What about Sudan? Is she also in this grand plan to make a conflict? Weyyy gud, if you need electricity, we are here to help you get out of darkness but sometimes it’s hard to find love for our cousins when you people act like a bunch of conspiracy theory goons. What’s next, did we also brought El Niño to collect a nice paycheck from the West? Would it have been better to deny by claiming to be self reliant when our people are in need like you? Check out your own feeding centers, curtesy UNICEF.

          1. You can keep on trying to justify your begging habits….but also advising us to do tge same amd abondon the self reliance motto. While begging why not takr a leaf out of the Eritrean self relianc policy so people have sufficient food and may be one day you will achive “food security”. In the mean time drum up fake news.

          2. You don’t have what it takes to differentiate right from wrong let alone bring “El Niño” to East Africa. As MYOB has pointed out correctly below, you are born to beg and yes you blamed “El Niño” for the man made starvation in Ethiopia. Ethiopians are begging today simply because your tribal regime robbed off Ethiopians out of their livelihood.

            With respect giving us electrical power, save us the bragging and return the $800, 000,000 USD worth of assets you stole from Eritreans in 1998. You stupid thieves think you are comedians.
            Where is Lake Tana and Abay located? The answer is not it Tigray and I will let you figure out the rest

    3. Once again, Woyane are manufacturing a fictitious story, spinning it through their so called “credible sources” “Eritrean Oppositions groups”, and or hired shadow journalists and playing the role of a victim of “anti peace forces”. This is nothing but an ongoing familiar drama plaid out by morally bankrupt and culturally dishonest lying scumbags. They used IGAD and now this useless organization is in disarray, they think Sudan will save their skin. Al Beshir will have to first save his own neck before he can save the butt naked tribal and perpetual beggar Woyane regime

  2. ኣሌክ - Alec you · Edit

    Wow.. One American soldier dead, and it’s a headline, but when innocent Somalian ppl dies.. just move on. Damn Africa, u deserve to be humiliated, cuz u are the ones that watching ur ppl suffering. Instead of fighting for ur dignity, u want ur oppressors to fix it for u.. when they are the ones that put u in these situation.

    F**king zombies, still in their deathbeds.????

    1. Mr. Farmajo is a failed president of a non-existent failed country called Somalia.

      President Trump should dump the chump Farmaajo like the illegals are being dumped on the other side of the Wall in massive numbers.

      TRUMP for 8 more Years.

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