656. 10/3/1993

“The Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)…had mastered the art and science of surprise night-time operations and low-profile, covert operations. In Mogadishu [Somalia], however, they acted in broad daylight with dozens of helicopters clattering into the city. The operations were repetitive and the Somalis learned by watching them. On October 3, 1993, in the famous Black Hawk Down incident, the [Islamic fundamentalist warlord Mohamed Farrah] Aideed militia responded and engaged JSOC, shooting down two helicopters with rocket-propelled grenades. Eighteen Americans and probably 1,200 Somalis were killed.”

 – Richard Clarke, Against All Enemies, Page 86

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