USA soldier killed, 4 more wounded in Somalia attack

Somalia is the easternmost point in the Horn of Africa

US military service member killed in Somalia attack

Four american military officials wounded during an Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia, are treated for their injuries and discharged.

A US Department of Defence (DoD) representative said one US solider was killed.

US President Donald Trump paid tribute on Twitter last night, offering "thoughts and prayers" to the families of the soldier who was killed and those who were wounded. "They are truly all HEROES". One of the wounded US service members received sufficient medical care in the field, and the other three were medically evacuated for additional treatment.

Al-Shabab, an affiliate of al-Qaida, claimed credit for the attack; it has been fighting USA forces in East Africa for more than a decade.

The U.S. has about 1,000 special operations personnel in Africa.

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Hundreds of American troops now serve in Somalia.

This is the second United States military member to be killed in Somalia since the 1993 Black Hawk down incident that resulted in the deaths of 18 American soldiers.

Al-Shabab is a partner group of al-Qaeda.

Al-Shabab, which is fighting to impose Shariah law across Somalia, was pushed out of the capital, Mogadishu, and other major urban cities more than two years ago.

Late past year US drone strikes also began targeting a small presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State group in Somalia's north.

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More than 500 American forces are partnering with African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali national security forces in counterterrorism operations, and have conducted frequent raids and drone strikes on Al-Shabaab training camps throughout Somalia. Names of the soldiers were not immediately released, while next of kin were notified.

The US's role in AFRICOM's area of responsibility has come under heavy scrutiny following an October ambush in Niger that left four soldiers dead.

A USA military report on that incident publicized by the Pentagon last month without being fully released found that multiple individual and institutional failures left the US troops vulnerable to the ambush.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News.

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