January 8, 2001 |
Somalia has dispatched dozens of heavily armed men to rescue the parliament speaker and other officials in hiding since they were ambushed about 185 miles northwest of Mogadishu, the capital, by an anti-government militia, an official said. The force will not attack the Rahanwein Resistance Army gunmen who ambushed the group, but will meet the group at a village about 40 miles east of the ambush site, the official said. Speaker Abdalla Derow Issak and the others were said to be on foot.
September 10, 1989 |
The State Department, endorsing a startling report about massacres in northern Somalia, said Saturday that it is "greatly concerned" about evidence that the Somali army had murdered at least 5,000 unarmed civilians over 10 months because of their ethnic background. The report, prepared at the request of the State Department by Robert Gersony, a private consultant, contained convincing detail of the suffering of the people of the Ishaak clan in the civil war now embroiling Somalia.
January 2, 1991 |
Forces loyal to Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre were locked in a fierce battle with rebels and there was no clear sign of who had the upper hand. U.N. staff members evacuated from Somalia's embattled capital, Mogadishu, to Nairobi said chaos reigned as Siad Barre fought to preserve his 21-year rule. Rebels claimed to have seized control of most of the city, but an earlier claim that they had taken over the state radio was apparently untrue.
July 16, 1993 |
Last Monday's American helicopter assault on the command center of Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid was timed to strike a morning strategy meeting of his top militia commanders, U.N. officials said Thursday. The officials said that several of Aidid's high-level guerrilla commanders were killed in the attack, carried out under the aegis of the U.N. command in Mogadishu in what officials there said was an effort to halt attacks on U.N. peacekeepers and restore security in the Somali capital.
December 9, 1992 |
It was anything but a warm welcome Tuesday afternoon at the Bakara arms bazaar, a dusty road in the heart of Mogadishu lined with rickety wooden stands that offer every known weapon from single bullets to antiaircraft guns. "You American?" an angry, well-armed Somali teen-ager asked two visiting journalists menacingly. Within seconds of their nods, guns started blazing, at first in the air in an unmistakable warning. "Go away!" he added, as the gun barrels lowered. "We hate the Americans here.
August 5, 1987 |
Thousands of U.S. Marines are conducting a mock invasion of Somalia this week, sweeping ashore on the northern desert coast as carrier-based jets strafe positions inland. The joint U.S.-Somali maneuvers, which began last Saturday, are aimed at testing Washington's ability to defend oil fields in the nearby Persian Gulf.