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The U.S. Africa Command reported killing 27 al-Shabaab terrorists Saturday, and in 2014 the U.S. said it killed the group's leader Ahmed Abdi Godane in a drone strike. The US said its personnel provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance.

One American soldier was killed and four others were reportedly injured Friday in a firefight in Somalia, according to U.S. military officials. One of the wounded USA service members received sufficient medical care in the field, and the other three were medically evacuated for additional treatment.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab rural south and central regions, claimed responsibility.

However, critics of the military's strategy have argued USA forces should exercise more caution in Africa where US interests are limited. The last killing of a USA service member in Somalia was in May 2017 during an operation about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Mogadishu.

The U.S. has about 1,000 special operations personnel in Africa.

"We attacked a military base killed one USA soldier, two Kenyan soldiers and nine Somali soldiers from Jubbaland state". The group was blamed for the truck bombing in Mogadishu in October that killed more than 500 people and raised concerns about al-Shabaab's ability to build ever-larger explosives.

The U.S. had pulled out of the Horn of Africa nation after 1993, when two helicopters were shot down in Mogadishu and bodies of Americans were dragged through the streets.

This is the second us military fatality in Somalia in the a year ago.

US Africa Command, which oversees US operations on the continent, issued a statement later Friday confirming the incident, saying it took place in Jubaland, Somalia, about 350 kilometers southwest of the capital, Mogadishu.

The most recent United States casualty in Somalia occurred previous year, when a member of the Navy SEALs was killed in a nighttime attack in Somalia. Officials worry the extremist group is in the midst of a resurgence after losing much of the territory it once held in Somalia and many of its fighters in the last several years. Since 2007, Al-Shabaab has been fighting to overthrow the internationally backed government in Somalia.

An American soldier has been killed in Somalia while serving as part of an American Special Operations forces team.