The US Navy SEAL killed in an ambush overseas has been identified

The Navy SEAL killed in combat in Somalia on Friday was Kyle Milliken, 38, of Falmouth.

A member of the United States Navy SEALs was killed in action during a raid in Somalia against the Islamic militant group known as al-Shabaab. 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.

The statement said United States forces were conducting an "advise-and-assist" mission with Somalia's military.

No Somali forces were hurt but a Somali interpreter and two USA service members were injured.

The SEAL is the first American servicemember killed in action in Somalia in decades, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, likely since the notorious 1993 Battle of Mogadishu - known as the "Black Hawk Down" incident - during which 18 USA military members were killed.

It said USA forces had been conducting an advise-and-assist mission with Somalia's military.

On Friday, the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) said that a U.S soldier died and two others injured in the operation where the American Special Forces were assisting in what seems to be a high profile Al-Shabab target.

Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said that the service member, who has not been identified, was killed as a team of U.S. troops provided support to a Somali army mission targeting a Shabab cell believed to be linked to plots against U.S., Somali and African Union forces.




"We didn't go over there to hurt the people of Somalia", says retired Sergeant First Class Norm Hooten, one of the special operators leading the ... Navy SEALs were advising Somali troops on the mission.

The government said the death of the al Shabaab leader "strengthens the war on terror - so fighters have a chance to leave al Shabaab".

USA forces are in Somalia to "degrade the al-Qaeda affiliate's ability to recruit, train and plot external terror attacks throughout the region and in America", the statement added.

U.S. Africa Command spokesman Patrick Barnes told ABC News Milliken's death is the first U.S. combat death in the Somali conflict since 1993.

USA helicopters transported Somali forces to the compound, in what Davis described as a "Somali mission".

The U.S. military has been operating in Somalia since 2001, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

A US military spokesman says the death of a USA service member in Somalia appears to be the first such death in combat in that country in more than two decades. As of late 2016, dozens of individuals from Minnesota's Somali community have been recruited by al-Shabaab, Fox News reports.

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