In honor of the battle's 20th anniversary, Struecker returned to Mogadishu -- still one of the world's most dangerous cities. Why? To relive the battle, retrace their route and, hopefully, to inspire even more people.
An unease grew in John Spinelli, deputy chief of station for the CIA in Mogadishu. His stomach knotted itself into a giant wad of apprehension. Something didn't feel right, but there was no turning back now. He had to move on.
When Foreign Secretary William Hague raised the Union Flag over the new offices on April 25, the UK became the first EU country to return to the Somali capital since the ruinous civil war that began in the early 1990s.
A 27-year-old woman in Mogadishu who reported that government security forces raped her was convicted on criminal charges this month, along with a journalist who interviewed her. Her term will start when she finishes breastfeeding her baby.
Many organizations have been driven from the country by insecurity, and the provision of supplies is severely restricted as roads are often closed by various militia and military forces. But there is hope as Somali citizens provide assistance to their own.
My family is from Somalia and came to the United States through political asylum. I'm a proud first-generation American woman, and I grew up constantly reminded of my fortune to be born in the United States -- and the unyielding opportunity to build your own destiny here.