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11 Aug 1996 description
report Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Heavy fighting was reported today north of Mogadishu between the militias of two faction leaders, including a former U.S. Marine who succeeded his father a week ago.

Witnesses said Hussein Mohamed Aidid's militiamen attacked Balad, about 17 miles away, early in the morning with 40 pickup trucks mounted with weapons. There was no immediate word on casualties.

09 Aug 1996 description
report Associated Press

By HAROUN HASSAN Associated Press Writer

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Ethiopian helicopter gunships strafed a rebel stronghold in southwestern Somalia on Friday, killing 160 people, rebels said.

Nineteen Somalis and 141 Ethiopians died in the attacks on three border towns, according to a statement from Islamic Unity, the strongest of the rebel groups seeking autonomy from Ethiopia.

09 Aug 1996 description
report The Washington Post

Somali faction leader Osman Hassan Ato dismissed as "illegitimate" the election of Hussein Mohamed Aideed as president of a self-declared government and successor to his late father, Mohamed Farah Aideed.

Ato, a successful Somali businessman who funded the elder Aideed until they fell out last year, said the election was illegal because clan elders were not involved in the process.

The 31-year-old U.S.-educated former U.S. Marine was chosen Sunday by supporters to succeed the elder Aideed, who died Aug. 1 from battle wounds.

05 Aug 1996 description
report The Washington Post

By Stephen Buckley

A son of Somali factional leader Mohamed Farah Aideed was named today to replace his father, who died last week, and to continue trying to subdue rival factions.

04 Aug 1996 description

MOGADISHU (Reuter) - The death of powerful faction leader Mohamed Farah Aideed left many Somalis apprehensive on Saturday, overwhelmingly sick of war and hoping their clan warlords will give peace a chance at last.

The sandswept seaside capital was unsually quiet Friday night as Aideed's supporters in south Mogadisu mourned the killing of their hero of six years of bitter conflict and his enemies struggled to mask their glee.

04 Aug 1996 description

MOGADISHU, Somalia (Reuter) - More than 10,000 Somalis, many of them wailing, Friday attended the burial of powerful faction leader Mohamed Farah Aideed who died Thursday after being fatally wounded in clan fighting.

The Italian and Russian-trained general, whose ragged fighters humiliated the U.S. Army, was buried at his private residence at Haliwa in his south Mogadishu fiefdom.

His flag-draped coffin was carried through streets of south Mogadishu in a Toyota pick-up decorated with flowers, witnesses said. Hundreds of thousands of wailing Somalis stood by.

04 Aug 1996 description

NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuter) - The death of Gen. Mohamed Farah Aideed, scourge of U.S. and U.N. peacekeepers, might help peace develop in devastated Somalia for the first time since 1991.

His death was announced Friday, more than a week after he was hit by bullets on the front line in south Mogadishu in the clan fighting that his ruthless quest for power had largely engendered.

Somali analysts and diplomats following the anarchic affairs of the Horn of Africa country said that with Aideed off the stage his supporters and enemies could start serious negotiations.

02 Aug 1996 description

MOGADISHU, Somalia (Reuter) - Somali faction leader Mohamed Farah Aideed, whose militiamen plagued a U.N. peacekeeping force, has died from bullet wounds, aides said on Friday.

His death raised hopes for a possible end to violence in the devastated Horn of Africa country.

Aideed died at at his home in southern Mogadishu on Thursday afternoon from bullet wounds, aides said.

He was reliably reported to have been wounded during fighting with rival militiamen on Wednesday last week, but his Washington spokesman said he had been shot and wounded by assassins at the weekend.

02 Aug 1996 description
report Associated Press

(AP) -- The following are key events in Somalia's recent history: January 26, 1991: President Mohammed Siad Barre ousted by rebel coalition; clan-based factions soon fight among themselves.

December 1991: Humanitarian groups begin warning of serious famine and difficulties of distributing food because of civil war and banditry.

May 1992: Relief agencies intensify efforts to get food in.

September 2, 1992: U.N. Security Council approves sending in 3,000 peacekeepers to protect aid workers.

December 9, 1992: U.S.

29 Jul 1996 description

THE Somali warlord Gen Mohamed Farah Aidid has been seriously wounded during fighting at the south Mogadishu district of Medina, according to Radio North Mogadishu, which is controlled by his arch rival, Ali Mahdi Mohamed.

It said that his life was in danger after he was shot in the stomach. But an aide to Aidid denied the claim which could not be independently confirmed. AFP, Mogadishu

01 Apr 1996 description

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Issue No. 2-01 - March-April 1996

Editors: Richard Jones, Tom Woodhouse, and Oliver Ramsbotham. Credits

Some missing army files have been located covering the period when 3 Somali civilians died at the hands of Canadian peacekeepers, according to a spokesperson for the committee investigating the scandal. The documents were discovered after last week's Operation Paper Chase - a 24-hour search ordered on April 9, in which 100,000 Canadian forces' personnel searched archives and computer files for the missing papers.

01 Apr 1996 description

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Issue No. 2-01 - March-April 1996

Editors: Richard Jones, Tom Woodhouse, and Oliver Ramsbotham. Credits

UN mediator Abdul Hamid Kabia stated he was "praying for a solution", to Somalia's problems, and that he was "hopeful - but not optimistic". At present, Kabia and his 3 colleagues operate from Nairobi, due to the unsettled Somali situation. There has been little change in Somalia since 2,400 Pakistani peacekeepers withdrew from Mogadishu on March 2, 1995, under the protection of 350 Italian and 1,500 American marines.