Virginia Beach-based Navy SEAL killed in Somalia was William & Mary student
07:41, May 9, 2017
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A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in Somalia Thursday on a U.S. mission involving the al-Shabaab terror group. Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken, 38, was a distinguished 15-year veteran who had had been awarded the Bronze star for heroism in combat four times.
A Somali intelligence official said United States forces killed at least six people during the raid on a building housing the al Shabab group's Andalus radio station. The elite special operations unit, which led the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, was on a scheduled deployment to East Africa for training and carrying out counterterrorism missions.
US and Somali forces were attacked shortly after arriving by helicopter to the target location, a compound that housed a group of al-Shabaab militants associated with an attack on facilities nearby used by Somali and USA military forces.
The statement said USA forces were conducting an "advise-and-assist" mission with Somalia's military.
"We grieve his death, but we celebrate his life and many accomplishments", Syzmanksi said in a statement.
It goes on to say, "He was a devoted father and son, a true professional and a wonderful husband".
Reports from specialist defense media suggest that two other SEALs and one interpreter were injured in the incident.
That's when USA forces pulled out of the Horn of Africa nation in the wake of the "Black Hawk Down" incident in which two helicopters were shot down and bodies of American soldiers were dragged through the streets.
"The death occurred during an "advise and assist" mission with the Somali army targeting the al-Qaeda affiliated militant group near Barii, approximately 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Mogadishu", US Africa Command said in a statement.
Speaking to reporters, al-Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Abulaziz Abu Muscab claimed that US forces attacked Darussalam village in Lower Shabelle region with air support but "failed their mission".
The White House has granted the USA military broader authority to carry out strikes in Somalia against al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab, the latest sign President Donald Trump is increasing US military engagement in the region.
A U.S. Navy SEAL died Thursday during a mission against al-Shabaab near Bari, Somalia, according to U.S. Africa Command.
In early October 1993, elite USA special operations forces conducted a failed raid to capture Aidid, leading to the deaths of 18 American troops.
"Al-Shabaab presents a threat to Americans and American interests", AFRICOM said in a statement Friday. Then after the barrage witnesses claim to have seen "troops running out of the [helicopters]", and directly into a fire fight with al-Shabaab militants. No U.S. airstrikes were called in to support the ground forces.
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