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Navy Seal Kyle Milliken Lost His Life Fighting Al-Shabaab In Somalia

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PENTAGON / WASHINGTON
The Pentagon has identified a U.S. Navy SEAL killed while fighting the al-Shabab terrorist group in Somalia as Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken.

The 38-year-old Milliken of Falmouth, Maine was killed Thursday when a U.S. aircraft came under fire while dropping off Somali soldiers at a target area about 65 kilometers west of Mogadishu, the Department of Defense said in a statement.

Milliken is the first American service member killed in combat in the war-torn country since a deadly battle in 1993 – the clash that inspired the movie Black Hawk Down.

Writing about the death of a service member is never easy. Senior Chief Kyle Milliken is no different. He, by all accounts, was a Seals Seal. Numerous combat decoration and a career that he spent dedicated to his warrior craft.

His awards include Bronze Star with Combat “V” (4), Joint Service Commendation Medal (2) and Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V.”

“Senior Chief Kyle Milliken embodied the warrior spirit and toughness infused in our very best Navy SEALs,” Rear Adm. Timothy Szymanski, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command said in a Saturday statement.
“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.”

Taking the fight to al-Shabab is something that we should certainly do. ISIS and the Taliban get tons of attention for being horrible but we largely ignore the atrocities that al-Shabab commits on a daily basis. Somalia is going through a drought where nearly 6 million people are affected. While natural disasters are happening, Al-Shabab is kidnapping, raping, and torturing the people of Somalia. They’ve got to be stopped and it will take people like Senior Chief Kyle Milliken to stop them.