The author served twenty-one years in the US Marine Corps, from 1979 until 2000. From 9 December 1992 to 21 March 1993, he supported Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. What initially started out as a humanitarian relief effort eventually escalated to a low intensity conflict. The novel Bloodlines is a fictional account based on real experiences.
Mogadishu Diaries 1992-1993: Bloodlinesby Eddie Thompkins
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Ten months before Blackhawk Down, US Marines launched its first major offensive against militias in Mogadishu. Top US military strategists for Operation Restore Hope recognized the critical importance of identifying Somali clan leaders responsible for the country’s instability and violence. It became apparent that one man needed to be captured in order to help establish order. This warlord eluded the most elite US Special Forces teams in our military for almost a year during Operation Restore Hope/Continued Hope. There are many theories that explain how Mohamed Farrah Aidid won the cat and mouse game.
This is my account…
Stills from the VHS tape capturing the US Marine Air/Ground assault are featured in this book. Actual footage of the USMC Takedown of Aidid's Safehouse maybe seen on YouTube: username:smokehouseuk
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