What should have been a piece of cake wound up being the longest sustained firefight involving U.S. troops since the end of the Vietnam War. On October 3, 1993, an elite team of Delta Force operatives were dropped onto the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia. The target: a two-story building said to contain two high-ranking lieutenants of the ruthless Somali warlord Mohamed Farah Aidid. Aidid's heavily armed militia had been raiding food distribution centers, using famine to starve his countrymen into submission; the recent slaughter of 24 Pakistani soldiers made neutralizing Aidid priority number one for the U.S. military. Securing the perimeter around the building were s...