August 8, 1996 |
In Somalia, he may be a feared warlord. But back home in the San Gabriel Valley, Hussein Mohammed Aidid was a $9-an-hour municipal clerk, a part-time college student and a corporal in the United States Marine Reserve, who as of Wednesday was absent from his Pico Rivera artillery unit. On Sunday, Aidid, 34, replaced his late father, the notorious strongman Gen. Mohammed Farah Aidid, as leader of one of Somalia's dominant warring factions, the United Somali Congress-Somali National Alliance.
August 3, 1996 |
Thousands of weeping mourners lined the streets of south Mogadishu as the body of Gen. Mohammed Farah Aidid, who defied U.N. peacekeeping forces three years ago and ultimately frustrated efforts to quell Somalia's civil war, was moved from a mosque and buried at his home. The powerful faction leader died late Thursday of battle wounds suffered last week. He died at his home in Mogadishu, the war-battered capital of the East African country.
August 2, 1996 |
Somali faction leader Gen. Mohammed Farah Aidid has died, his radio station reported. The radio, broadcasting from the southern half of the capital that Aidid controls, said Aidid died of a heart attack. It said he would be buried in the capital, Mogadishu, today. Aidid, the main faction leader in Somalia, was the target of a manhunt by U.S. troops during a U.N. peacekeeping mission to Somalia in 1993. The troops never caught him, and 18 U.S.
September 23, 1995 |
Fourteen foreigners, including two Americans, freed by Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid's forces in the southwestern city of Baidoa arrived in Nairobi on Friday, and a U.N. official said no ransom had been paid. Two planes carrying the freed men, who spent nearly six days in captivity, arrived in the Kenyan capital Friday evening. Seven female aid workers had been released Wednesday. The captives were taken after Aidid and 600 of his militiamen overran Baidoa on Sunday in a surprise attack.
March 2, 1995 |
Crusted with garbage, festooned with litter, knee-deep in rusting junk, scavenged by packs of wild dogs, blown by dirty sand and scorched by unforgiving sun, a small part of this nation was given back to Somalis on Wednesday. And they were happy to have it. Some slipped in early and hid overnight in abandoned boxes. Hundreds more assembled outside the fence. Then, at dawn, as U.N. tanks retreated from the Mogadishu airport, Somalis swarmed in for a frenzy of looting and gunfighting.
December 13, 1993 |
Somalia peace talks collapsed Sunday, and faction leaders went home, raising the risk of the country's abandonment by world donors who have warned that continued fighting could lead to an aid cutoff. Meanwhile, in Washington, Secretary of Defense Les Aspin said Sunday that the United States will withdraw about 2,500 of its 8,200 troops in Somalia by Christmas. "Between a quarter and a third of them will be out of the country" by Dec. 25, Aspin said on NBC's "Meet the Press."