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Navy SEAL Who Died in Somalia Was Alongside, Not Behind, Local Forces | The New York Times
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Navy SEAL Who Died in Somalia Was Alongside, Not Behind, Local Forces | The New York Times

The member of the Navy SEALs who was killed last week in Somalia was moving alongside — not behind, as the Pentagon initially said — Somali security forces approaching a complex inhabited by Shabab militants when the insurgents opened fire, American military officials said on Tuesday.

The SEAL member, Kyle Milliken, a 38-year-old senior chief petty officer, died on Friday during the mission in support of Somali Army forces fighting the Shabab, the Islamist militant group. Two other Americans, including a Somali-American interpreter, were wounded when they came under fire during the mission around 40 miles west of Mogadishu, the capital.

The Navy SEAL members were in Somalia for “an advise, assist and accompany mission,” and Defense Department officials said that Somali forces were to have led the operation, with American forces hanging back.

Source: Navy SEAL Who Died in Somalia Was Alongside, Not Behind, Local Forces – The New York Times