The Pentagon on Saturday named the Navy Seal who was killed in Somalia on Friday. Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken, a native of Falmouth, Maine, was 38 years old.
In a statement, the US Defense Department said Milliken had been killed “during an operation against al-Shabaab in a remote area approximately 40 miles west of Mogadishu … in support of a Somali National Army-led operation with US AfricaCommand.”
A source based in Mogadishu told Reuters Friday’s operation had been against an al-Shabaab commander near the Shabelle river. There were no Somali casualties, the source said.
The White House and Somalia’s president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, have mounted a new offensive against al-Shabaab, an Islamist group allied with al-Qaida and based in the African country.
“Senior Chief Kyle Milliken embodied the warrior spirit and toughness infused in our very best Navy SEALs.” Rear Admiral Timothy Szymanski, Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command said in a statement.
“We grieve his death, but we celebrate his life and many accomplishments. He is irreplaceable as a husband, father, son, friend and teammate – and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and teammates.
“His sacrifice is a stark reminder that Naval Special Operators are forward doing their job, confronting terrorism overseas to prevent evil from reaching our shores.”