Navy SEAL From Maine Killed in Somalia

The US military said on Friday a service member has been killed in Somalia during an operation against Al-Shabaab as US President Donald Trump's administration steps up its fight against the Al-Qaeda-linked militant group.

According to W&M President Taylor Reveley, Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken was in his second semester in the online MBA program at the college's Raymond A. Mason School of Business.

A US service member who was killed during an operation in Somalia on Friday was a Navy SEAL based out of Virginia Beach. 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.

Milliken's family says he was "a devoted father and son, a true professional and a wonderful husband". The wounded, including an interpreter who was also a United States citizen, are receiving medical attention, another United States defense official told CNN.

Milliken is the first USA service member to be killed in Somalia since the 1993 Black Hawk Down incident.

It also indicated that the forces were assisting partners to degrade al-Shabaab's ability to recruit, train, and plot terror attacks throughout the region and in the U.S.

"We do have an enduring presence of about 50 United States special operations that work in Somalia doing this advise-and-assist mission to the SNA", he said.

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Kabul claims the villages are part of the war-torn country's Spin Boldak district, an assertion Pakistan flatly denies. Replying to another question, he said that Pakistan government was trying its level best to mend the situation.

Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman said the security forces killed Moalin Osman Abdi Badil alongside his three associates in a raid in Bariiree area, but did not indicate if the same raid involved US forces.

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. A force of 50 USA troops is tasked with partnering with the Somali army, and additional forces come and go for shorter periods of time.

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"Warsame played a key role in the Amniyat, the wing of al-Shabaab responsible for assassinations and the April 2, 2015 attack on Garissa University College that resulted in 150 deaths", said a statement on the Rewards for Justice website run by the U.S. State Department.

Al-Shabab is the largest faction working to overthrow Somalia's central government, seeking to establish a society based on Islamic law, known as Sharia. The group pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2012.

The American and Somali troops were inserted by US helicopters on the operation that targeted al-Shabab militants believed involved in recent, nearby attacks on American, Somali and African Union troops, Davis said.

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