Black Hawk Down, 20 years later

It was a battle that left 18 US soldiers and between 1,500 and 3,000 Somalis dead, but what lessons have been learned?

It has been 20 years since the US fought a disastrous battle in Somalia that came to be known as Black Hawk Down.

It started as a humanitarian mission, but culminated in the Battle of Mogadishu.

US troops were ambushed on October 3, 1993, while trying to capture the warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid. Two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and 18 troops killed in the fierce firefight that followed, the worst for the US military since the Vietnam War. US estimates put the number of Somali casualties somewhere between 1,500 and 3,000.

Those events led to the US withdrawing from Somalia – shaping that country’s future and influencing US military intervention in crises around the world.


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