November 19, 1993 |
Gen. Mohammed Farah Aidid, with the U.N. price on his head lifted, emerged from hiding Thursday to celebrate his triumph over foreign opponents with about 4,000 shouting, dancing and drumming supporters. In a clear recognition of Aidid's authority, U.S. special envoy Robert B. Oakley met with the powerful faction leader. Militiamen with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles guarded Aidid when his van drove into a marketplace for his faction's weekly "peace" rally.
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.
November 11, 1993 |
Diplomatic and military officials said that two weeks before 18 American soldiers were killed in the capital, Mogadishu, the U.S. Embassy sent an urgent cable to Washington arguing that the U.S.-led military campaign had failed. The cable called for a cease-fire and negotiations with clan leader Mohammed Farah Aidid. However, the Sept. 17 cable apparently failed to generate any change at the highest levels of the Clinton Administration, which shifted its policy only after the deaths of the U.S.
October 10, 1993 |
The son of Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid is a U.S. Marine who served in Somalia, the Marine Corps said Saturday. Marine reserve Cpl. Hussen Farah joined the Marines in 1987 and trained as an artilleryman. When the United States launched Operation Restore Hope to feed starving Somalis, Farah, one of the few Marines to speak the Somali language, volunteered to serve on active duty, Marine Corps spokeswoman Lt. Kim Miller said.
November 29, 1993 |
Somali clan leader Gen. Mohammed Farah Aidid is boycotting an aid conference in Ethiopia until the United Nations releases three of his top aides, his spokesman said Sunday. U.N. officials in Somalia recommended to the U.N. chief that the aides be released, a U.N. official said. Aidid's boycott threatens the meeting's chance for forging a reconciliation among Somali factions. A U.N. official, meanwhile, said that U.S.
June 24, 1993 |
The United Nations offered a reward Wednesday for information leading to the capture of Mohammed Farah Aidid, a day after the fugitive warlord virtually dared peacekeepers to try to arrest him. Posters and leaflets carrying a likeness of Aidid beneath the word "wanted" will be tacked up on walls and dropped by helicopters throughout Mogadishu today, U.N. spokesman Barrie Walkley said. The posters and leaflets do not specify the amount of the reward, and Walkley refused to disclose it.
July 5, 2011 |
The signature line of President Obama's June 22 Afghanistan address was "America, it is time to focus on nation-building here at home. " This no doubt resonates among an electorate sick of foreign wars and eager to focus on domestic problems, but it is a wrongheaded statement. Whenever America has eschewed commitments abroad and turned inward, the results have been disastrous. The most isolationist decade in the country's history — the 1930s — was followed by World War II. The "Come Home, America" isolationism of the 1970s was followed by the fall of South Vietnam, the genocide in Cambodia, the Iranian hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
October 17, 1993 |
A month before his militia killed 18 U.S. soldiers on Oct. 4, Somali faction leader Mohammed Farah Aidid offered to cease hostilities and begin a "mutual dialogue" with the United Nations, according to a confidential U.N. document. But the peace overture was rejected by the senior U.N. representative in Somalia, retired U.S. Adm. Jonathan T. Howe, and senior U.N. and American military commanders in Somalia, according to John Drysdale, who resigned last month as Howe's political adviser.
September 17, 1993 |
Jonathan Howe, the retired American admiral who heads the trouble-plagued U.N. operation in Somalia, expressed hope Thursday that the Clinton Administration will "stay the course" and continue to support his efforts to hunt down warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid. Asked at a news conference whether American support would last if his bloody but futile raids against Aidid go on for another six months, Howe replied, "Let's hope it doesn't come to that." The U.N.