The Battle of Mogadishu (October 3, 1993) was a military operation conducted by United States special operations forces with the primary mission of capturing two top lieutenants in Mogadishu.
About 40 minutes into the mission, one of the Black Hawk helicopters circling overheard was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, spun out of control and crashed. Not long after, a second Black Hawk was shot down. More men were sent in to secure the crash sites and get the soldiers out. But the rescue team itself got pinned down.
The 15-hour battle that ensued left 18 Americans dead and 73 injured. U.S. Army pilot Mike Durant was captured and held by Somali fighters for 11 days.
In an interview with Radio Al Andalus, an Al Shabaab(al Qaeda affiliate based in East Africa) run radio station, Shabaab’s leader Mukhtar Abu Zubayr said that al Qaeda played a “prominent role” during the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993.
“Very important men came to Mogadishu including Sheikh Yusuf al Ayiri, commander Saif al Adel, and Sheikh Abu al Hasan al Sa’idi”, he stated.
Abu Zubayr also said that the fighting in Mogadishu “was a starting point for the long war between the Mujahideen of al Qaeda Organization and America.”