Twenty years after retired U.S. Army Ranger Jeff Struecker led a squad of elite forces into Mogadishu on a failed rescue mission that inspired the film “Black Hawk Down,” he returned to the site of the battle in Somalia and said the memories of the 17-hour-long firefight came rushing back.
“When I went back there this spring and turned the corner into the Bakaara Market, immediately the emotions, the smells, the thoughts from Mogadishu came flooding back like I was just there yesterday,” Struecker said.
Struecker sat down with “Power Players” to discuss a new documentary, “Return to Mogadishu: Remembering Black Hawk Down,” that follows his trip back to Somalia.
Struecker recalled that the mission -- which took place 20 years ago today and began as an effort to seize key Somali military lieutenants loyal to the self-proclaimed Somali president at the time, Mohamed Farrah Hassan Aidid -- quickly spiraled out of control.
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