Senior al Shabaab chief, 3 other fighters killed in Somalia raid

Frederick Owens
May 19, 2017

Information Minister Abdirahman Yarisow said in a statement that Moalin Osman Andi Badlil and three of his associates were killed during an operation against al-Shabaab militants about 64 kms of the capital Mogdishu. The fatality marks the first American combat death in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle against an al-Qaeda-backed militia in 1993.

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 USA interests around the world.

Both Somalia and the US are stepping up efforts against the Somalia-based al-Shabab, which has carried out attacks in other parts of East Africa and continues to target the Somali capital with deadly bombings.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the helicopters dropped soldiers near Dare Salaam Village in an attempt to capture or kill militants in the area.

The United States has about 50 military personnel in the country, Davis said.

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Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken, 38, was killed in action Friday, about 40 miles west of Mogadishu.

"We have been conducting this particular mission to partner with and counter al-Shabaab in Somalia since 2013", Davis said.

"Leave al-Shabab now", the government statement said Sunday.

Ultimately, al-Shabaab decided not to affiliate itself with ISIS, although a small faction did break away and pledge its allegiance. Several years later, the group debated whether it wanted to change its allegiance to ISIS, which was gaining prominence in Iraq and Syria.

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