U.S. Special Operations on Thursday 12th May 2016 were called in to back Ugandan forces when they clashed with Al-Shabaab militants west of Mogadishu, Somalia.
Pentagon has issued a statement to confirm that the incident happened but none of their soldiers or weapons landed into the hands of the Al Qaeda affiliated jihadist group, Al-Shabaab as misreported by various open sources.
Uganda troops who are part of AMISOM backing Somali government clashed with AL-Shabaab at an illegal checkpoint run by Al-Shabaab.
Uganda’s UPDF came under fire from an estimated 20 Al-Shabaab fighters and that’s when they called for reinforcement with U.S. responding to their call.
U.S. maintains a small force unit of about 50 troops in Somalia mainly to advise and assist Somalia and AMISOM troops battling Al-Shabaab militants.
Though they are not in Somalia to conduct combat operations, when called in, their Helicopters, drones and manned aircraft are available for quick reaction airstrikes.
During UPDF clash with Al-Shabaab, five militants were killed.