Michael Apperley - Mogadishu: An uncertain and dangerous environment

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Department of Veterans' Affairs


I suppose the late May 93 to June timeframe, things started to deteriorate quite a bit over there and it was starting to get on the news quite a lot. And there was an incident. I can't remember the date, but there was about 20 to 25 Pakistani soldiers were killed in a, you know, an engagement in theatre. And that was sort of very much in the forefront of our minds as we were sort of getting ready to go.

But they were telling us that the situation was starting to get a bit more challenging because the locals were sort of reacting to some of the, you know, the forces and things that were on the ground, particularly Mogadishu, which is where we were going. So, you know, we were still getting reports back of, you know, a little bit of banditry here and there, but fundamentally, you know, we didn't really know what we were getting ourselves into to be quite honest.

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