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Battle of Mogadishu, October 1993 Term Paper

… 50 caliber machine guns and automatic grenade launchers; ground force interdiction and other close air support was provided by Blackhawk and Little Bird (AH-6) gunships. By sharp contrast, the Somali forces were equipped with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) (Edwards 15). Furthermore, the American forces were unaware of the layout and nature of the street system in the city but the Somali forces were intimately familiar with them and the route the patrol was taking. When the patrol rappelled into the gathering of clan leaders, the Somali forces recognized that a relief convoy was going to be required to extricate them and quickly set up roadblocks throughout the city (Edwards 15). Despite the initial success of the mission (e.g., 24 Somali prisoners were taken…. [read more]

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