Somalia: How the Troops See It

When he left for Mogadishu last December, Army SPC Glenn Follett imagined he would be going there as part of a salvation army: soldiers distributing food to starving children. Instead, he spent much of his four-month tour of duty fighting scorpions and ducking fire from the gunmen of local warlords. "In the first two weeks I was in Somalia, I saw more combat than during six months in Saudi ((Arabia))," says Follett, a recently discharged Gulf War veteran who is now back in Watertown, New York. "As soon as we stepped off the plane, we were getting shot at."

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