Thursday 17 August 2017

US Navy Seal killed in Somalian operation identified

Hundreds of newly trained al Shabab fighters perform exercises in Somalia (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)
Hundreds of newly trained al Shabab fighters perform exercises in Somalia (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

A US Navy Seal killed in a military operation in Somalia - the first American to die in the country since 1993 - has been identified.

Senior chief special warfare operator Kyle Milliken was killed during an operation against the extremist group al Shabab on Thursday.

The 38-year-old, of Falmouth, Maine, died after US special operations troops came under fire after American aircraft delivered Somali forces to the target area, said the Pentagon.

The US said last month it was sending dozens of regular troops to Somalia in the largest such deployment there in about two decades.

In recent years, it has sent a small number of special operations forces and counter terrorism advisers to Somalia and conducted a number of air strikes.

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