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Black Hawk Down By Mark Bowden It was mid-afternoon on October 3 1993 There were approximately 160 men eagerly awaiting the signal to proceed Matt Eversmann sat waiting in Super Six Seven a Black Hawk helicopter This time they were packing more ammo and the commander had come out to see them off The troops were being sent in because warlords were allowing their people to starve to death The world had sent food and the warlords hoarded it The world had decided to stop this Todays mission was to invade the Habr Gidr clan that was in Mogadishu Somalia The clan was led by Mohamed Farrah Aidid but that days targets were two of his lieutenants They were to be arrested and imprisoned with other clan members that had already been captured At 332 PM the armada launched They flew from the coastal airport into the city of Mogadishu Above the city the men could see the destructions the city had experienced during civil war Many buildings were demolished and the streets were crumbling The Black Hawks were down low over the city and the Little Birds were closing in on the target Tires burning on the street near the target set alarm It was a way Somalis signaled trouble and summoned militia When the Little Birds came down people and cars began to scatter Some people were gesturing eagerly The Black Hawks would move in next People began poring into the streets with weapons Others were building barricades or lighting fires The Rangers captured the two targets along with 22 other Somali men on the first floor of the target house When the Rangers entered the second floor shots started coming through a window Rangers on the ground were shooting at their own men The young Rangers were poorly trained and dangerous In the streets fire was rapidly exchanging The Somali men took advantage of the Americans decency and hid behind women
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