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Between America's clearest stories of ongoing clash in Somalia will surely be the swollen, bloodied face of helicopter pilot Michael Durant, displayed at the overseas tv information stories after his catch in Mogadishu on October three, 1993. whereas the failed project resulting in Durant's imprisonment captured the fashion and soreness of the realm, few american citizens actually understood what number U.S. military Ranger compatriots shared Durant's fortitude and braveness there. certainly, Durant was once just one member of the elite job strength Ranger Regiment deployed to recognize Mohammed Farrah Aidid, Somailia's strongest warlord at the fateful October day. this is the little-known tale of the 15 fierce, lethal hours of battling that the american citizens tightly calibrated try to aim Aidid. second through second, Mogahishu! recounts how this venture, meant to deflate the guts of Somali resistance, turned as an alternative a sad exhibit for the heroism and breathtaking self-sacrifice of the yankee servicement--and the catalyst of U.S. withdrawal of peacekeeping troops. Mogadishu! finds whereas the operation produced at the such a lot embellished army devices in American historical past, it fee 18 of America's best-trained servicemen their lives. utilizing infrequent testimony from different army body of workers, Kent DeLong deals the 1st whole account of ways those americans died, now not for glory yet for every different, faraway from their family in a God-forsaken position referred to as Mogadishu.

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ISBN 0-275-94925-7 1. Operation Restore Hope, 1992–1993. 2. Somalia—History—1991– I. Tuckey, Steven. II. Title. 7305–dc20 94–31744 British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data is available. Copyright © 1994 by Kent DeLong and Steven Tuckey All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, by any process or technique, without the express written consent of the publisher. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 94–31744 ISBN: 0-275-94925-7 First published in 1994 Praeger Publishers, 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881 An imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.

The Company officers were called to the Joint Operations Command Center (JOC) for a briefing. Here some men were already watching live television pictures taken from a supersecret Navy P-3 Orion spy plane flying high over Mogadishu. They watched as a Somali informant parked his car next to a building on a busy street in the “Black Sea” area and then according to the prearranged signal, lifted his hood and walked around the car twice. This signal informed Task Force Ranger leaders, including their tough, cigar-chewing Page 8 commander, Major General Bill Garrison, who had come to Somalia disguised as a lieutenant colonel, that top Aidid lieutenants and possibly Aidid himself were present.

These helicopters would immediately follow the helicopters carrying the supersecret Delta Force from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as they landed near—and on—the target building. Fast-roping out of helicopters was something the men trained for and knew how to do well. The rope they used was a woven nylon rope about 3–1/2 inches in diameter. Every man wore special gloves. It took two seconds going down about forty feet. The Rangers holding the four blocking positions were to stop anyone coming into or leaving the area while Delta Force cleared the target building and took prisoners.

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