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23 Years After ‘Black Hawk Down,’ America Is Back at War in Somalia | The National Interest Blog

23 Years After ‘Black Hawk Down,’ America Is Back at War in Somalia | The National Interest Blog

Long before the debacles of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Somalia was the quagmire that Western militaries would have loved to strike from their records.

In the now-famous Black Hawk Down incident in 1993, overconfident U.S. forces blundered into an ambush in Mogadishu. Eighteen American soldiers and two troops from the supporting U.N. force died.

The West retreated from Somalia. To fill the security vacuum, the African Union deployed a peacekeeping force from 2006 onward.

Source: 23 Years After ‘Black Hawk Down,’ America Is Back at War in Somalia | The National Interest Blog