This Day in History: Marines Land in Somalia

In case you’ve missed it, there’s a link on each individual post on this blog taking you to the BBC’s or Wikipedia’s “This Day in History” links.  I’m planning on making such tools much easier to spot and less garbled with the body text, so you’ll be able to see it better soon enough, I hope.  In the meanwhile, here’s one of today’s more interesting entries:

BBC ON THIS DAY | 9 | 1992: American marines land in Somalia

Their mission is to spearhead the arrival of 35,000 troops from a dozen countries assembled as part of a US led multi-national operation to crack down on looting and extortion that has prevented food getting through.

American forces were expecting to tackle hostile gunmen who have been holding the famine-stricken country to ransom in a conflict which has seen around 300,000 people killed in the last year ever since dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted and local warlords took over.

But instead of fierce fighting, the marines were greeted by the world’s media.

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