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Somalia

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A country in the Horn of Africa not dissimilar to Nottingham, i.e. full of heavily armed ethnics with a total disregard for the rule of law - except their own. In 1993, said ethnics were able to down two US Blackhawk helicopters with fireworks (lots of) in the country's capital, Mogadishu.

Although militarily untrained, the shop keepers and market traders of the 'Mog' managed to give the elite of the US military, including Delta Force, Rangers and US Marines a bit of a shoeing - or at the very least make them realise that they well out of their depth. They were eventually 'saved' by UN Pakistani troops. It was not, as the US thought it would be, 'A cake walk' - rather a Cake and Arse Party.

The fracas was immortalised forever in the movie Blackhawk Down and has already passed in to military lore.