Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

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Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War is a book chronicling the U.S. military attempt of 1993 to capture a warlord, Mohamed Farrah Aidid, in Mogadishu, Somalia, and the intense battle that resulted between U.S. forces on duty with the United Nations against local militia and citizens.

The raid quickly became the most intensive close combat Americans have engaged in since the Vietnam War. The events of the raid were later renamed the Battle of Mogadishu by international media, as opposed to the operation name, Operation Code Irene.

The book is based on a series of articles written for the Philadelphia Inquirer by writer Mark Bowden. In 2001 it was turned into a film titled Black Hawk Down, by Ridley Scott.

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  • Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War (http://inquirer.philly.com/packages/somalia/) - featuring the text of the original articles, photos, and interviews with former soldiers involved in the battle.
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