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Not just a film

'Black Hawk Down' bears little relation to the truth

By Mark Huband   March 2002

Perhaps if it really had been like that, everything might have turned out differently-even for the better. The myths-of peacemaking, of good versus evil-which swirled around the 1992-95 US intervention in Somalia are now writ large in the film Black Hawk Down. It will become the “official” version of those events; a version in which the US Defence department was heavily involved as consultant and adviser.

I was one of just half a dozen western journalists in Mogadishu on that night of 3rd October 1993. I had been living there for several months. A tiny, old Fiat taxi, driven by…

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