United States (U.S.) statement on situation in Somalia confirms the death of one the country’s Special Operations members killed in the enemy fire.
During an operation on June 8, 2018, in Jubbaland Somalia, one U.S. Special Operations member was killed alongside four U.S. service members and one allied force member were wounded as the result of an enemy attack.
The Department of State reiterated of country’s commitment in partnership with other forces in Somalia in making sure the Al-Qaeda linked fighters are wiped out from the horn of Africa nation.
The statement affirmed U.S. commitment in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, and allied forces that they will 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.
U.S. 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.
“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,” said General Thomas Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command. “Simply put, we’re working to prevent atrocious acts before they come to fruition.”
The wounded U.S. forces were airlifted and were 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.