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After going to see the recently released Hollywood version of the story of Blackhawk Down I was compelled to watch a History Channel documentary on the event to gain insight and confirm the accuracy of Hollywoods take I found that the movie to be very accurate with the documentary but lacking some important information The documentary covered the story as follows In the early 90s Somalia was a war torn nation stricken with famine The UN took initiative in 1992 to aid the Somalians and make food deliveries These delivery efforts met resistance from local militias who would often seize the shipments to feed their soldiers In August of 1993 the US sent in Task Force Ranger with the goal of eliminating Somalias most powerful and troublemaking militia leader Mohamid Aidid The Somalian people who formerly were in full support of Americans saw this as an uncalled for invasion of the countrys politics and encouraged by false anti-American propaganda from militia leaders turned against American forces On October 3 1993 Task Force Rangers deployed their base outside of the city of Mogadishu to conduct a raid and capture two key leaders under Aidid The mission ran smoothly until as the troops were preparing to pull out only 30 minutes after arrival a US Blackhawk helicopter was shot down The ground convoy was detoured to the crash sight under heavy Somalian fire The battle the proceeded led to the loss of yet another Blackhawk 18 American soldiers and thousands of Somalians The fighting went on through the night and into the next morning when a large international convoy was able to get the stranded US troops out of the hostile city The documentery did a good job of explaining the events leading up to the battle It was very diligent in describing why the mission took place and answered a lot of questions I had The conflict was laid out clearly and why the Somalian
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