US special operations member killed in Somalia

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A U.S. special operations member was killed fighting terror group Al Shabab — Al Qaeda’s third-largest affiliate — in Somalia, U.S. officials told Fox News.

Fox News is withholding naming the soldier until the next of kin are notified.

In late March, the White House approved a Pentagon request to conduct offensive operations against Al Shabab in Somalia.

This meant drone strikes and raids were given the green light to happen outside of self defense, which was the previous policy under the Obama administration.

In March, the Department of Homeland Security banned electronics larger than mobile phones on flights from some Muslim nations to the U.S. a year after Al Shabab attempted to bring down an airliner in Somalia using a bomb hidden inside a laptop.

Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews

Source: Fox News

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