SOMALIA

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The Oc­to­ber 1993 Battle of Mo­gadishu—por­trayed in the 1999 book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Mod­ern War and the sub­se­quent film—was par­tially prompted by a deadly, ac­ci­den­tal U.S. at­tack on civil­ians months ear­lier. It ended with nearly 20 U.S. troops dead, as in­sur­gents re­pelled a raid on a lo­cal mili­tia leader. That ef­fec­tively ended the U.S. in­ter­ven­tion in Somalia’s on­go­ing civil war, but sol­diers were de­ployed again in 2013 to as­sist lo­cal forces in bat­tling the Al-qaeda-al­lied Al-shabab. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump dou­bled the num­ber of troops last year, to 500, and airstrikes con­tinue to tar­get Al-shabab and ISIS po­si­tions.

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