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CIA Officer Killed in Somalia

CIA Officer Killed in Somalia

Friday, 27 November, 2020 - 05:00
The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley, Virginia, US on August 14, 2008. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File Photo

A CIA officer was killed in combat in Somalia in recent days, US media said Thursday without releasing details of how the agent died.


The veteran officer was a member of the CIA's Special Activities Center, a paramilitary branch that carries out some of the US intelligence agency's most dangerous tasks, The New York Times said.


The officer died of injuries sustained during an operation last week, according to CNN.


The CIA has not commented publicly on the death.


Washington has some 700 troops deployed in Somalia carrying out training of Somali forces and conducting counter-terrorism raids against the Al-Shabaab militant group, which Washington designated a terrorist movement in 2008.


Earlier this month, Washington put on its terror blacklist the leader of an elite unit of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated group blamed for a January attack in Kenya that killed three Americans.


Al-Shabaab is estimated to have between 5,000 and 9,000 fighters who have vowed to overthrow the Somali government, which is supported by some 20,000 troops from the African Union.


The slain US operative was a veteran of special forces operations, having previously been a member of the elite SEAL Team 6, the Times reported.


The outgoing administration of President Donald Trump is considering withdrawing all US forces from Somalia by the time he leaves office in January, the paper added.


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