Somalia

Chronology: Somalia's descent into chaos

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(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. Marines land in Mogadishu as first contingent of international force.

June 17, 1993: U.N. force issues warrant for faction leader Mohammed Farrah Aideed for ambush slaying of 24 Pakistani peacekeepers.

October 3, 1993: Eighteen U.S. soldiers die in Mogadishu battle while hunting Aideed, prompting President Bill Clinton to speed up U.S. withdrawal.

March 2, 1995: Final U.N. contingent pulls out, well ahead of schedule.

March 26, 1996: Fighting flares between Aideed's troops and those of another faction over control of southern half of Mogadishu.

July 24, 1996: Aideed hit by gunfire.

August 1, 1996: Aideed dies.

Copyright 1996 Associated Press.