Navy Seal killed in Somalia was based in Virginia Beach


Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia.

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 us interests around the world.

It was not immediately clear whether the wounded were also from the elite military unit. The new deployment will consist of about 40 more soldiers, a military official told CNN.

A statement from the US Africa Command said the military member was killed on Thursday during an operation near Barii, about 64km west of the capital, Mogadishu.

"Kyle was a glue kid, the kind of kid that didn't just show up to practice every day, but made those around him better", UConn track and field coach Greg Roy said in a statement Sunday.

In addition to the death of the Navy SEAL, two Americans were injured on the "advise-and-assist" mission. The raid may have involved SEAL Team 6, which has a prominent role in counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa. Angus King released a joint statement Saturday afternoon that reads, in part, "He defended our nation with bravery and with distinction, and his sacrifice will never be forgotten". "We hope that his family and loved ones are comforted in knowing that the people of ME and our nation are eternally grateful for his selfless service".

A Somali intelligence official said USA forces killed at least six people during the raid on a building housing the al-Shabab extremist group's Andalus radio station at a farm near Dare Salaam village, according to the Associated Press. There were no Somali casualties.

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CORRECTION: This story has been corrected to reflect that the incident took place on Thursday.

Al-Shabaab pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2012.

Washington has insisted that Shabaab poses a grave threat to U.S. security, and has also launched attacks on nearby Yemen where al-Qaeda have established a stronghold.

It was not clear yet if Warsame was the target of the raid, the security source said.

It has already done so in Yemen, where US forces are conducting intensified operations against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, and in Syria, where President Trump launched missile strikes on Syrian government facilities last month in retaliation for a chemical attack.

Somalia descended into chaos in 1991 after longtime dictator Mohammad Siad Barre was overthrown by clan-based militias, who then fought each other for power.

The new training effort comes as US military leaders see opportunities to work with Somalia's newly elected president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, a dual US-Somali citizen who has embarked on a series of aggressive military reforms amid an ongoing al Shabaab bombing campaign that has repeatedly struck Mogadishu.