Frontline - Season 17, Episode 4 - Rotten Tomatoes

Ambush in Mogadishu


Episode Info

It was a peacekeeping mission gone wrong as elite units of U.S. Army Rangers and Delta Force were caught in a deadly ambush on the streets of Mogadishu on October 3, 1993. Eighteen American soldiers lost their lives and 75 were wounded in a 17-hour firefight -- the most violent since Vietnam -- led by the forces of Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid. Frontline investigates the tragic event that continues to haunt both the United States' military and American foreign policy, and has caused the U.S. to rethink the ways in which it responds to humanitarian crises around the world.

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