‘Wild west’: Australian veteran recalls danger of peacekeeping mission in ‘lawless’ Somalia

By Richard Wood

Ahead of Anzac Day on Tuesday, one of the biggest peacekeeping operations involving the Australian Defence Force is marking its 30-year anniversary.

In early 1993, Somalia, in the Horn of Africa, was among the most dangerous countries in the world after it descended into anarchy amid a bitter civil war.

A United Nations operation in Somalia had included some Australians but in January 1993, a much larger Australian contingent – an 1100-strong group from the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) – joined a US-led operation to restore security to Somalia.

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Anzac Day 2023: Australian veteran recalls danger of Somalia peacekeeping mission (9news.com.au)

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