On January 10, 1995, the Pentagon announces that 2,600 U.S. Marines will deploy to Somalia for Operation United Shield to assist in the final withdrawal of UN peacekeeping troops from the country. The decision is in response to a UN request for U.S. protection of its peacekeeping forces serving in the war-torn African nation.
U.S. Marines had been in the country since Dec. 9, 1992 when the capital of Mogadishu was stormed in Operation Restore Hope. The mission was to restore order in the country which had been fighting a bloody civil war.
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