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U.S. soldier killed, five wounded in ‘enemy attack’ in Somalia

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Mogadishu, Somalia, June 9  (Infosplusgabon) - A US special operations soldier has been killed and five military personnel – including four American service members – wounded in an enemy attack in southwestern Somalia, according to US officials.

 

The US military’s Africa Command said in a statement on Friday that the attack occurred in Jubaland, where a large force comprising about 800 Somali, Kenyan and US troops were conducting an operation against al-Shabaab fighters.

 

According to the statement, made available on Saturday, the wounded Americans have been treated and discharged and are currently under the care of the US Embassy Medical Team in Kenya as they await follow-on transportation for additional medical evaluation.

 

It said that, in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces continue to degrade the terrorist threat posed by al-Qaeda and its Somalia-based associated force, al-Shabaab, as well as the threat posed by ISIS in Somalia.

 

“As such, United States forces advise and assist regional forces, including Somali and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) partners, during counterterrorism operations. We will continue to work with our partners to support AMISOM and the Federal Government of Somalia in its effort to bring improved governance, development, and stability,” it explained.

 

It also quoted General Thomas Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, saying:“Our strategy in East Africa is to build partner capacity to ensure that violent extremist organizations, who wish harm in the region, wish harm on the European continent, and ultimately wish to harm the United States, are contained. Simply put, we're working to prevent atrocious acts before they come to fruition.”

 

The US Africa Command emphasized that “the desired end state in East Africa is one in which terrorist organizations are not able to destabilize Somalia or its neighbours or threaten the U.S. homeland, U.S. persons, or our international allies. Accordingly, the desired end state includes transitioning security responsibility from AMISOM to the Federal Government of Somalia and Somalia’s Federal Member States so the central and regional governments ultimately secure their own territory and neutralize the terror threat.”

 

 

FIN/INFOSPLUSGABON/PLM/ GABON 2018

 

 

 

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