Africa Notes: Some Observations On Somalia's Past and Future - March 1994
March 1, 1994
As of March 31, 1994, all U.S. troops, as well as those from several other nations that participated in the United Task Force (UNITAF) and the United Nations Operation in Somalia II (UNOSOM II), will have been withdrawn from Somalia. The remaining international troops under UN command (mostly from Pakistan, India, Egypt, Malaysia, and Morocco) are fewer in number and less well equipped than those departing. Many observers have predicted a resurgence of full-scale civil war-fighting that the UN forces will be powerless to stop. This assessment may be too pessimistic. Although the remaining UNOSOM II forces would be unable to stop widespread violence, there may be a better chance for a minimum, sustainable order in Somalia today than at any time since 1991.