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Restore Hope: Operations in the Theater General Hoar's initial concept of operations for Operation Restore Hope envisioned four phases (fig. 9) : Phase 1 : Secure Mogadishu airfield and seaport with afloat Marine forces and secure Baidoa. Phase 2 : Deploy United Task Force, Somalia (UNITAF) forces into Baidoa and expand security operations into central Somalia . Phase 3 : Expand security operations to the south to include Kismayo and Badera. Phase 4 : Transition from UNITAF to United Nations Operation, Somalia J1.

The Somalis had contested their neighbor for sovereignty over Ethiopia's Ogaden region, an area traditionally inhabited by pastoral Somali clans. In the aftermath of the war, hundreds of thousands of refugees, from the Somali clans in the Ogaden, poured into Somalia, overtaxing a nation already exhausted by years of war. Government favoritism towards some clans at the expense of others further exacerbated difficult conditions . This condition led in 1988 to civil war-which amplified the suffering of civilians, who perished by the thousands-and promoted nationwide chaos .

12 . MACR 55-3, MAC Airlf Control Elements (ALCE), vol. 4, 21 May 1991, 1 . 13. Ibid . 18 Chapter 3 Operation Restore Hope (Somalia) A Case Study for Airhead Operations Operation Restore Hope, Somalia, is the largest contingency operation conducted by the United States since Operation Desert Shield/Storm . It holds a special significance for Air Mobility Command as the first major projection of forces by air mobility assets following command activation on 1 June 1992. The Background For the purposes of a case study, Restore Hope is ideal because it is a microcosm of air mobility contingency airhead operations under austere conditions in an exacting environment .

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