US serviceman injured in Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia

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Al-Shabaab attacked the forces using “an improvised explosive device and mortar fire,” the US Africa Command said in a statement. The injured member is in stable condition and receiving treatment for injuries that are not considered life-threatening. The US military also said at least one al-Shabaab fighter was killed in the attack.

<< Un militaire américain a été blessé lors d’une attaque menée par Al-Shabaab ce matin dans les environs de Jana Cabdalle, en Somalie. Les forces américaines et somaliennes menaient une mission de conseil, d’assistance et d’accompagnement lorsqu’Al-Shabaab a attaqué à l’aide d’un véhicule utilisé comme des engins explosifs et des tirs de mortier « , a déclaré le colonel Chris Karns, directeur des affaires publiques du Commandement américain pour l’Afrique, dans un communiqué. “The United States regularly conducts advisory and assistance missions with partner Somali forces. The collective efforts of the United States and Somalia are putting pressure on Al-Shabaab, limiting their ability to expand their reach and travel. " Karns continued, “Al-Shabaab remains a dangerous enemy. There is continued pressure on this al-Qaeda-affiliated threat to limit its ability to spread and export violence, terrorism and crime more widely. "

The United States has around 600 members of the Defense Department in Somalia where they work primarily to train and advise local Somali troops fighting al Shabaab and a local ISIS affiliate.While US military advisers in Somalia generally seek to let Somali forces take the lead, there have been incidents where US forces have found themselves in combat situations.

An Al-Shabaab attack on an air base in Kenya in January killed a US serviceman and two Defense Ministry contractors.

In August, the US military carried out an airstrike against Al-Shabaab fighters in the vicinity of Dar as Salaam, Somalia, after local US-backed forces were attacked by a building.

The Africa Command said US military advisers were nearby when the strike took place.

“When this airstrike took place, US forces were nearby advising and assisting Somali partner forces. Al-Shabaab falsely claimed American losses. No American force was injured or killed during the attack, ”the statement said.

A recent report by the Pentagon Inspector General described the conflict in Somalia as a ‘dead end’, with US-backed Somali government forces continuing their fight against Al-Shabaab linked to Al-Qaeda, the insurgent group continuing to target Somali and international forces in the country’s southern provinces.

Al-Shabaab is estimated to command between 5,000 and 10,000 combatants, according to estimates from the Africa Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

CNN’s Chandelis Duster contributed to this report.

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