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Battle of Mogadishu
Black Hawk Down Super64 over Mogadishu coast
CWO Michael Durant's Black Hawk (Super 64) heading out over the Mogadishu coast on October 3, 1993.


October 3-4, 1993


Mogadishu, Somalia


  • Tactical US/UN victory
  • Strategic SNA militia victory
  • UN withdraws on March 3, 1995
  • US withdraws on March 25, 1994
The Battle of Mogadishu (1993) more commonly referred to as Black Hawk Down or, for Somalis, The Day of the Rangers (Somali: Maalintii Rangers) was part of Operation Gothic Serpent and was fought on October 3 and 4, 1993, in Mogadishu Somalia, between forces of the United States Army Rangers, supported by UNOSOM II, and Somali militiamen loyal to warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid who had support from civilian fighters.

A US Army force in Mogadishu, consisting mostly of Army Rangers from Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; Bravo Company, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), better known as "Delta Force"; and helicopters from the 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Night Stalkers), attempted to seize and arrest two of Aidid's upper-echelon lieutenants during a meeting in downtown Mogadishu. Shortly after the raid began, Somali militia and civilian fighters managed to shoot down two MH-60 Black Hawks helicopters. The subsequent rescue operation to secure and recover the crews of both downed helicopters drew the raid intended to last no more than 30 minutes, into a 17 hour fight. The battle resulted in 18 dead, 74 wounded, and 1 pilot taken prisoner. 1 Pakistani soldier and 1 Malaysian soldier died during the rescue. UN estimates put the Somali casualties between 1,500 and 3,000 casualties, inluding civilians; SNA militia forces claimned only 315 casualties, with 812 wounded.

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