ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 07, 1992
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The history of United States interest in Somalia examined; details given of the US' primary concern about the 1974 Marxist revolution in Ethiopia, which ended the pro-US rule of Emperor Haile Selassie. Somalia noted important to the United States because of its proximity to the oil-rich Arab states; scenes shown of Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre, who was armed by the United States while the USSR aligned with Ethiopia. The 1991 overthrow of Siad Barre by two now-rival warlords recalled. Pentagon's assessment of the arms available to the gang/factions mentioned.
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