Somalia (1992-1994)

  • Death in Somalia

    Death in Somalia
    350,000 Somalis died from disease, starvation and civil war.
  • Bush Take's Control

    Bush Take's Control
    President Bush ordered the Pentagon to begin emergency airlifts of food to Somalia which was suffering from severe famine.
  • The Food Come's

    The Food Come's
    US cargo planes landed in Somalia with tons of food for African famine victims.
  • Troops are Here

    Troops are Here
    The first American forces arrived.
  • Gangs Take Over

    Gangs Take Over
    President Bush ordered American troops to lead a mercy mission to Somalia, threatening military action against warlords and gangs who were blocking food for millions of starving.
  • Americans Watched

    Americans Watched
    Americans got to see live television coverage of U.S. troops landing on the beaches of Somalia as Operation Restore Hope began.
  • They Fight Back

    They Fight Back
    An American mission to save lives in Somalia lost the first of its own when a U.S. vehicle hit a land mine near Bardera.
  • They Promise

    They Promise
    Somalia's two main warlords, Mohamed Farrah Aidid and Ali Mahdi Mohamed, promised an end to their hostilities.
  • Bush Visit's

    Bush Visit's
    President Bush visited Somalia, where he saw firsthand the famine racking the east African nation.
  • The Attack

    The Attack
    US forces in Somalia unleashed tank, helicopter and rocket fire on two clan camps in Mogadishu where snipers had been taking potshots at the troops.
  • Sneak Attack

    Sneak Attack
    United Nations forces launched a night time attack against the forces of Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
  • Bill Clinton

    Bill Clinton
    Bill Clinton becomes the 42nd president of the United States.
  • Another Land Mine

    Another Land Mine
    Four U.S. soldiers were killed when a land mine was detonated underneath their vehicle. This prompted President Clinton to order Army Rangers to try to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
  • More Troops

    More Troops
    President Clinton ordered more troops, heavy armor and naval firepower to Somalia, but also announced he would pull out all Americans by the end of March 1994.
  • Black Hawk Down

    Black Hawk Down
    Eighteen US Rangers and Delta Force specialists died in a botched raid in Somalia and over 70 were wounded. In 1999 Mark Bowden published "Black Hawk Dawn," an account of the failed attempt to capture Mohammed Farrah Aidid.
  • The Somalis Support Mohamed Farrah Aidid

    The Somalis Support Mohamed Farrah Aidid
    Thousands of Somalis demonstrated in the capital of Mogadishu to support warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
  • Free

    U.S. helicopter pilot Michael Durant and a Nigerian peacekeeper were freed by Somali fighters loyal to Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
  • Osama Bin Laden

    Osama Bin Laden
    Osama Bin Laden was suspected of supplying weapons to shoot down American helicopters.
  • Muhammad Atef

    Muhammad Atef
    Muhammad Atef, a top Osama bin Laden lieutenant, and 6 other al Qaeda operatives, set up training camps in Somalia to help Somali tribes oppose a UN peacekeeping operation.
  • Clinton Doesn't Lie

    Clinton Doesn't Lie
    American troops completed their withdrawal from Somalia following a largely unsuccessful fifteen-month mission. 20,000 U.N. troops were left behind to keep the peace and facilitate "nation building."