One Navy SEAL was killed and two others were wounded during a raid Thursday in Somalia against al Qaeda affiliate al Shabab, the Pentagon has confirmed. The U.S. military's Africa Command reported the member was killed when troops "conducting an advise and assist mission alongside members of the Somali National Army" unexpectedly came under fire.
U.S. forces are in the region to support the Somalian army in its fight against al Shabab. Last month, the U.S. military announced it was sending an additional 40 troops to Somalia to bolster efforts there.
BuzzFeed News reported this is "the fourth U.S. troop death this week," after two Army Rangers were killed in Afghanistan and a U.S. service member was killed in Iraq.