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Somali government says kills senior al Shabaab chief - statement

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Tobias Pedroso | 08 May, 2017, 15:42

His killing marks the first US military combat death in that country since 1993.

Davis said al-Shabaab is an al-Qaida affiliate closely tied more specifically to Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which is a group that has murdered Americans, radicalized and recruited terrorists and fighters in the United States, and has conducted and inspired attacks against Americans and USA interests around the world.

"Al-Shabaab presents a threat to Americans and American interests", the statement indicated. It's also where reportedly there is a us forces training base training Somali soldiers.

"Last Friday, the US said a Navy SEAL was killed an operation to 'advice and assist" the Somali national army in the same area.

"We will forever be grateful for Senior Chief Milliken's selfless service to our nation and his commitment to a cause bigger than himself", Pingree said in a statement.

The US troops were part of an ongoing US military program to advise and assist Somali ground forces.

A USA soldier has been killed in a special operations mission with Somali forces against al-Shabab.

Also last month, the USA military announced it was sending dozens of regular troops to Somalia in the largest such deployment to the Horn of Africa country in roughly two decades.

Milliken was stationed in Coronado from 2002 to 2004 during his basic and advanced special warfare training before being assigned to an East Coast-based special warfare unit, according to Naval Special Warfare Command.

A U.S. military official has told CNN that the new contingent would consist of about 40 soldiers.

Meanwhile, al-Shabab has published purported photos of items they said were left behind by the US forces at the scene including a small-sized American flag, military clothes, a glove and electronic kits marked Fort Lauderdale.

The mission was authorized under orders given by the Obama administration.

They are there to carry out an advise and assist mission with Somali government forces fighting al-Shabaab.

The US recently deployed several dozen regular soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division to the mission in Somalia, adding to about 50 special operations soldiers in the country. The U.S. and other donors have long tried to train parts of the army, and the United Kingdom and the European Union run stipend projects that top-up army salaries provided the Somali state pays the core salary. President Donald Trump has approved expanded military operations against the extremist group, including more aggressive airstrikes and considering parts of southern Somalia areas of active hostilities.