Monday, December 16, 2013

Remembering Black Hawk Down



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One hundred and fourteen Malaysian soldiers put their lives at risk to rescue 70 trapped American rangers in the war torn city of Mogadishu, Somalia on October 03, 1993.

After twenty years, finally, the US of A expressed gratitude for the contributions and sacrifices of Malaysian peacekeepers in helping to save the American soldiers. 

On Friday, its acting assistant secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Thomas Kelly applauded Malaysian peacekeepers for having proven their mettle and prowess in performing their duties under the UN banner – at the handing over of the Full Training Capability certificate at the Malaysian Peacekeeping Center in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. 

Malaysian Armed Forces Chief, General Zulkifeli Mohd Zin receives the FTC certificate from Tom Kelly. Photo: NST/Mohd Khidir Zakaria 

The incident – which formed the basis for the Ridley Scott movie Black Hawk Down – refers to a group of American soldiers who were caught behind enemy lines after Somali militias shot down two Black Hawk helicopters over Mogadishu. 

Malaysian peacekeepers under UNOSOM II (United Nations Operation In Somalia) teamed up with American forces to rescue the trapped troops. The operation was successful but one Malaysian soldier, Private Mat Aznan Awang was killed and nine others were wounded, not to mention four armed personnel carriers (APCs) destroyed.

Washington had never officially recognized the role of Malaysians in the rescue mission in Somalia. The 2001 movie Black Hawk Down also made no reference to Malaysians.

Since our PR is so poor, maybe we should do a movie about it?

Celtic began the process of erasing the disappointment of their Champions League humbling by Barcelona with another domestic victory – beating Hibs 1-0 – on Saturday. It was a much less emphatic win than their last two in the league, but on balance a deserved one. 

The solitary goal came in the twenty-ninth minute from Teemu Pukki, one of the players who had looked most out of his depth in Camp Nou. 

The Scottish Premiership result maintains Celtic's unbeaten domestic run this season and keeps their seemingly inevitable title defense on course.

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