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Operation Deliverance was a Canadian military operation in Somalia that formed part of the United Nations peace-making deployment to that country during the early part of the Somali Civil War. The mission began on December the 3rd, 1992 and involved about 1,400 Canadian troops, a helicopter unit and the supply ship HMCS Preserver.[1][2]

Operation Deliverance
Part of Somali Civil War
Canadian Military in Somalia 1992.jpg
Canadian soldiers in Somalia, 1992
DateDecember 1992 – May 1993

Canadian forces achieve military objectives, but suffer severe political repercussions.

 Canada United Somali Congress
Commanders and leaders
Brian Mulroney
John de Chastelain
Mohamed 'Tiger' I. Barre
Units involved
Canadian Airborne Regiment
1,400 troops
1 427 Helicopter squadron
1 HMCS Preserver naval ship.
Casualties and losses
1 killed (friendly fire) 4+

While Canada's mission objectives were largely completed, including the freeing of a captured Canadian journalist and the defeat of the Somali warlord Mohamed 'Tiger' I. Barre,[1][2] Operation Deliverance turned into a political disaster for the Canadian Forces after several Somali civilians were brutally killed or injured in what became known as the Somalia Affair. The Somalia Affair was largely responsible for the disbandment of the Canadian Airborne Regiment in 1995 and additionally resulted in numerous dismissals and resignations along the chain of command up to, but not including, the Minister of Defence

Canada lost one soldier during the mission, Corporal Michael David Abel of the Canadian Airborne Regiment. He was killed when a rifle being cleaned by a fellow soldier discharged accidentally, shooting him.[3]

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  1. ^ a b [1] Archived February 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "CBC Digital Archives". Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  3. ^ Petti Fong (November 7, 2011). "Flag a reminder of son's sacrifices in Somalia". Toronto Star.