Four-hundred fifty U.S. Army troops pulled out from Somalia on this date, ending a near-disastrous two-year occupation that began in August 1992. The U.S. initially launched its mission to provide relief aid to the famine-starved Somali people. By October 1993, the mission took a turn for the worse, and American troops became caught in a drawn-out firefight with Somali militia, including the infamous attacks on two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters. All troops had withdrawn from the African nation by March 1994.
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