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UNOSOM FV107 Scimitar
Indian Army T-72 tanks
Turkish Army briefing
Participating forces of the United States Navy
President George H. W. Bush and General Thomas Mikolajcik in Somalia
Marines offloading a Landing Craft Air Cushion at Mogadishu airport
U.S. and Italian light armor
German Paratrooper Battalion 261 armored personnel carrier
UNOSOM II area of operations.

United States-led, United Nations-sanctioned multinational force which operated in Somalia from 5 December 1992 until 4 May 1993.

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A U.S. soldier at the main entrance to the Port of Mogadishu points to identify a sniper's possible firing position (January 1994).

United Nations Operation in Somalia II

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The second phase of the United Nations intervention in Somalia, from March 1993 until March 1995, after the country had become involved in civil war in 1991.

The second phase of the United Nations intervention in Somalia, from March 1993 until March 1995, after the country had become involved in civil war in 1991.

A U.S. soldier at the main entrance to the Port of Mogadishu points to identify a sniper's possible firing position (January 1994).
An armoured column of M1A1 Abrams Tanks and M2 Bradley IFVs move down a dirt road outside
the city of Mogadishu, Somalia. (January 1994).
A Saudi Arabian High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) wait for food stores to be off-loaded at the Mogadishu seaport. The food will be provided to the Somali people.
Romanian field hospital in Mogadishu, with a Rocar ambulance parked outside

UNOSOM II carried on from the United States-controlled (UN-sanctioned) Unified Task Force (UNITAF).

Mohamed Farrah Aidid

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Somali former general and diplomat, he was the chairman of the United Somali Congress (USC) and later led the Somali National Alliance (SNA).

Somali former general and diplomat, he was the chairman of the United Somali Congress (USC) and later led the Somali National Alliance (SNA).

Following the June 5, 1993, attack on the Pakistanis, Aidid and the SNA would be blamed for the death of 25 UNOSOM II peacekeepers, causing him to be named the world’s first Wanted Man of the United Nations.

UNOSOM Egyptian Fahd 240 APC

United Nations Operation in Somalia I

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The first part of a United Nations (UN) sponsored effort to provide, facilitate, and secure humanitarian relief in Somalia, as well as to monitor the first UN-brokered ceasefire of the Somali Civil War conflict in the early 1990s.

The first part of a United Nations (UN) sponsored effort to provide, facilitate, and secure humanitarian relief in Somalia, as well as to monitor the first UN-brokered ceasefire of the Somali Civil War conflict in the early 1990s.

UNOSOM Egyptian Fahd 240 APC
Australian soldiers prepare to board a US Marine Corps helicopter in Somalia

The operation was established in April 1992 and ran until its duties were assumed by the Unified Task Force (UNITAF) mission in December 1992.

15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Insignia

15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

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One of seven such units currently in existence in the United States Marine Corps.

One of seven such units currently in existence in the United States Marine Corps.

15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Insignia
Marines from the 15th MEU in Afghanistan on 25 November 2001
Marines perform maintenance on their equipment in the hangar bay of USS Boxer (LHD-4).

The MEU spearheaded Operation Restore Hope on 9 December 1992, to provide humanitarian assistance to the civil war torn and famine-stricken country of Somalia.

Directorate of Operations Seal

Special Activities Center

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Division of the Central Intelligence Agency responsible for covert operations and paramilitary operations.

Division of the Central Intelligence Agency responsible for covert operations and paramilitary operations.

Directorate of Operations Seal
United States Special Operations Command Insignia
Emblem of the Joint Special Operations Command
William Joseph Donovan
Battle of Incheon
Map showing the location of the Bay of Pigs
South Vietnam, Military Regions, 1967
Location of Somalia
Hamid Karzai with Special Forces and CIA Paramilitary in late 2001.
The village of Biyara and Base of Ansar al-Islam 2001–2003
Douglas A. Zembiec, also known as the "Lion of Fallujah"
MQ-9 Reaper
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed after his capture
The Fulton system in use

CIA sent in teams of Paramilitary Operations Officers into Somalia prior to the U.S. intervention in 1992.

Two Batswana soldiers conducting raids as part of UNITAF

United Nations Security Council Resolution 794

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Two Batswana soldiers conducting raids as part of UNITAF

United Nations Security Council resolution 794, adopted unanimously on 3 December 1992, after reaffirming resolutions 733 (1992), 746 (1992), 751 (1992), 767 (1992) and 775 (1992), the Council "[expressed] grave alarm" regarding the situation in Somalia and authorised the creation of the Unified Task Force (UNITAF) to create a "secure environment for humanitarian relief operations in Somalia" in order to provide "essential for the survival of the civilian population".

Mogadishu

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Capital and most populous city of Somalia.

Capital and most populous city of Somalia.

Engraving of the 13th century Fakr ad-Din Mosque built by Fakr ad-Din, the first Sultan of the Sultanate of Mogadishu
Mogadishan currency
Entrance of a coral stone house in Mogadishu
Flag of the Ajuran, a Somali empire of which medieval Mogadishu was an important city.
Almnara Tower, Mogadishu
Downtown Mogadishu in 1936. Arba'a Rukun Mosque to the centre right. Nearby can be seen the Catholic Cathedral and the Arch of Umberto.
An avenue in Mogadishu in 1963
Metropolitan Mogadishu in the 1980s
Aerial view of a residential area in Mogadishu (1992)
Mogadishu Overview
Mogadishu as seen from the International Space Station
The Mogadishu beachfront
The Mogadishu municipality headquarters
Turkey's embassy in Mogadishu
Hormuud Telecom is one of many firms with headquarters in Mogadishu
A clothing and footwear shop in downtown Mogadishu.
The Mosque of Islamic Solidarity is the largest masjid in the Horn of Africa
Old fort used as Museum National Museum of Somalia
Bakaara Market in the heart of Mogadishu
The Mogadishu University main campus
The Hamar Jajab School in Mogadishu
Mogadishu development in 2020
The Banadir Stadium being renovated
Newly constructed roads and buildings in Mogadishu (2015)
Mogadishu taxis
A Somali Airlines Boeing 707-338C in flight (1984). The Mogadishu-based national carrier was relaunched in late 2013.
The Aden Adde International Airport
The Port of Mogadishu serves as a major national seaport.
Radio Mogadishu analog-to-digital machine

Forming the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), the alliance was tasked with assuring security until humanitarian efforts were transferred to the UN.

Egyptian troops in Somalia

United Nations Security Council Resolution 837

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Egyptian troops in Somalia

United Nations Security Council resolution 837, adopted unanimously on 6 June 1993, after reaffirming resolutions 733 (1992), 746 (1992), 751 (1992), 767 (1992), 775 (1992), 794 (1992) and 814 (1993), the Council condemned the attacks on the United Nations Operation in Somalia II (UNOSOM II) in which 24 Pakistani troops deployed in the Unified Task Force were killed and 56 injured, including 1 Italian and 3 American soldiers.

A 1 RAR soldier on guard duty in Korea during July 1952

1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment

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Regular motorised infantry battalion of the Australian Army.

Regular motorised infantry battalion of the Australian Army.

A 1 RAR soldier on guard duty in Korea during July 1952
1 RAR soldiers take up defensive positions after disembarking US Army helicopters during an operation north of Saigon in July 1965
1 RAR soldiers patrolling near Fire Support Base Coral in June 1968
1RAR soldiers prepare to board a United States Marine Corps helicopter in Somalia
Soldiers from 1 RAR arrive in the Solomon Islands in December 2004
A 1 RAR machine gun team training in Hawaii during RIMPAC 2012
Ex-servicemen from 1 RAR during the 2009 Melbourne Anzac Day march

1 RAR was first formed as the 65th Australian Infantry Battalion of the 34th Brigade (Australia) on Balikpapan in 1945 and since then has been deployed on active service during the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Vietnam War, Unified Task Force in Somalia, East Timor, Iraq War and Afghanistan.

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10th Mountain Division

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Light infantry division in the United States Army based at Fort Drum, New York.

Light infantry division in the United States Army based at Fort Drum, New York.

10th Mountain Division Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
Brigadier General Lloyd E. Jones observes troops land at Amchitka Island during the Aleutians Campaign, shortly before assuming command of the 10th Light Division.
A machine gunner and two riflemen of Company "K" of the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, cover an assault squad routing Germans out of a building in the background. Sassomolare Area, Italy. Porretta Moderna Highway. March 4, 1945.
Elements of the 10th Mountain Division advancing in Italy in April 1945.
Members of the 86th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, march north, near Malcesine, on Lake Garda, without meeting any resistance, April 29, 1945.
10th Mountain Division (Light) 1989 (click to enlarge)
Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division sweep a Somali village for weapons in 1993.
Members of the 10th Mountain Division with President George H. W. Bush, January 1993.
Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division secure Port-au-Prince International Airport in 1994.
10th Mountain Soldier on patrol in Afghanistan's Nuristan Province.
Soldiers of the 350th Tactical Psychological Operations, 10th Mountain Division drop propaganda leaflets over a village near Hawija, Iraq in March 2008.
A soldier with the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division smokes a cigarette in the early morning at an observation post. Tangi Valley, Wardak Province, Afghanistan
10th Mountain Division troops from the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry hike through Kunar Province.
1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment infantry engaging Taliban.
10th Mountain Soldiers during an operation in Logar Province.
Plaque in honor of 10th Mountain Division at Seneca Rocks, WV.
Organization of the 10th Mountain Division in 2021

The division has participated in Operation Desert Storm (Saudi Arabia), Hurricane Andrew disaster relief (Homestead, Florida), Operation Restore Hope and Operation Continue Hope (Somalia), Operation Uphold Democracy (Haiti), Operation Joint Forge (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Operation Joint Guardian (Kosovo), and several deployments as part of the Multinational Force and Observers (Sinai Peninsula).