first published on June 10, 2018 by Will
One U.S. Special Forces soldier was killed and four more wounded by enemy fire on June, 8 2018 while conducting operations Jubaland, Somalia.
Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad, 26, of 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group was reportedly killed by indirect mortar fire while advising and assisting host nation forces. One of the four wounded operators was treated at the scene and returned to duty, while the other three were flown to Kenya to receive advanced treatment from U.S. medical personnel, and are now in stable condition.
A roughly 800 man operation consisting of Kenyan and local Somali military forces were constructing a forward operating base inside al Shabaab insurgent group territory when they were attacked with small arms and mortars. The attack took place 350 kilometers southwest of Mogadishu.
Newer reports are indicating that the militants attacked again the following day with suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device. The attack is being called a failure as only the suicide bombers were reportedly killed in the assault.
Al Shabaab pledged allegiance to al Qaeda in 2012 and still remain loyal to this day, aside from a few defections to the Islamic State. Al Shabaab militants regularly carry out terror attacks across eastern Africa, including an October 2017 twin bomb attack that killed more than 500 people in Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu.
The U.S. military has been conducting operations to isolate and reduce the insurgent group for several years. However, within the last year, the US appears to have escalated counter insurgency activities against Al Shabaab. In May of 2017, U.S. Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken was killed during an operation against Al-Shabaab. He was the first U.S. service member to be killed in Somalia during the Global War on Terror.