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The Americans planned to extract their assault force and the Somali VIPs via a ground convoy consisting of HMMWVs and trucks. The vehicles drove from the base to the Olympic Hotel without issue, but before they could return to the …
The Americans planned to extract their assault force and the Somali VIPs via a ground convoy consisting of HMMWVs and trucks. The vehicles drove from the base to the Olympic Hotel without issue, but before they could return to the base with the "packages," Black Hawk Super 61 went down. New orders arrived. The convoy was to proceed to Super 61's crash site, gather the survivors and then return to base. Ostensibly, the convoy's objective was the crash site, but the beleaguered soldiers in the vehicles soon learned their destination was Hell.
The Battle of Mogadishu, also known as the Black Hawk Down incident, was part of Operation Gothic Serpent. It was fought on 3–4 October 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia, between forces of the United States, supported by UNOSOM II, against the forces of the Somali National Alliance (SNA) and citizens of south Mogadishu. The battle was part of the broader Somali Civil War that had begun in 1991. The United Nations had initially become involved to provide food aid to alleviate starvation in the south of the country, but in the months preceding the battle, had shifted the mission to establishing democracy and restoring a central government. Seven months after the deployment of U.S. troops to Somalia, on June 5, 1993, the U.N. would suffer the worst loss of its peacekeepers in decades when the Pakistani contingent was attacked while inspecting an SNA weapons storage site. Mohammed Farah Aidid, head of the SNA, would become a fugitive after UNOSOM II blamed his faction for the incident and a hunt for him would begin that would characterize most of the U.N. intervention up until the Battle of Mogadishu.
Wikipedia: Battle of Mogadishu (1993)