The United States has denied Special Forces Officer SFC Zachary Bannister of the US Army Special Forces regiment was killed in Southern Somalia by the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen (HSM).
In a social media statement US-Africa Command (AFRICOM) confirmed the non-combat death of SFC Zachary Bannister in Kenya without citing the exact cause of death thus denying claims by the terror group Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen (HSM) that it killed the officer near Kisymayu.
The Al-Qaeda terrorists affiliate in Somalia Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen (HSM) issued a statement claiming responsibility of SFC Zachary Bannister death.
The terror group is known for peddling lies which are often taken up by sympathetic bloggers and researchers. The propaganda is spread across communication networks as information warfare.
The United States Army has 300 special forces operating in Somalia with approximately 200 working with Somali Army and Kenya Defense Forces in Southern Somalia area of Jubbaland.
The Special Forces conduct joint operations against the terrorists. Several high profile figures in the terror group's formations in Southern Somalia have been killed during these joint operations.