Thursday 26 November 2020 - 10:58

Report: CIA Officer Killed in Somalia Last Weekend

Story Code : 900106
Report: CIA Officer Killed in Somalia Last Weekend
The report on Wednesday said the CIA officer was a former US Navy Seal, but the identity of the officer has not been made public. It added that he was also a member of the CIA's paramilitary division.

Earlier on Wednesday, the US War Department's Inspector General said in a report that militants from Takfiri group al-Shabab continued attacks in East Africa as US forces revised plans to transition security responsibility to Somalia, because Somali forces fell short of development "milestones".

Last week, the US State Department announced that the leaders of al-Shabab are now considered "Specially Designated Global Terrorists". One of the leaders of the group, Maalim Ayman, is considered to be behind the attack that killed one US serviceman and two contractors in Kenya in January 2020.

According to Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan Sales, Washington regards al-Shabab to still be a threat both in Somalia and in the region, and the US will use all instruments available to defeat the group.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that US President Donald Trump was considering a withdrawal of almost all American troops stationed in Somalia at the moment. Earlier in October, Trump tweeted that his administration suspended entry for refugees coming from the "terror-compromised nations" – including Somalia, in order to prevent "radical Islamic terror" from entering the American borders.