Informed Sources: Nov. 15, 1993

Arms Control in Somalia

Washington -- U.N. forces are debating what to do about the huge arms caches maintained by all the major clan leaders in Gaalkacyo, a city more than 300 miles north of Mogadishu. In the wake of General Mohammed Farrah Aidid's facing down the U.N. and the U.S., other clan heads are feeling more courageous about holding onto their weaponry, and the U.N. is considering seizing the supplies by force. Included in the caches are armed personnel carriers, artillery pieces, mortars and the type of antitank weapons that have been effective in shooting down U.S. Blackhawk helicopters.


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