ENFORCING SECURITY RULES

"These are forbidden in Mogadishu…

Technical Type Vehicles
Armored Vehicles
Pointing or Aiming Weapons at CTF Forces
Crew Served Weapons (Machine Guns, Mortars, Recoiless Rifles)"

Following the establishment of the RAJO newspaper and radio program, UNITAF continued to use leaflets to announce the rules prohibiting specific categories of weapons and behavior, and informed the local communities that coalition troops were authorized to use force if they were threatened or perceived themselves to be threatened.

"Combined Tasked Force - Restore Hope Rules for Mogadishu

  • Machine guns, recoiless rifles, mortars and other crew served weapons will not be tolerated.
  • Armored vehicles, infantry fighting vehicles, or vehicles with weapon mounts (technicals) will not be tolerated.
  • If any of these items are seen, they are subject to immediate confiscation.
  • Killing or looting of relief supplies will not be tolerated.
  • Anyone aiming or pointing weapons at CTF Forces will be shot
  • CTF Forces are authorized to use force if they are threatened or perceive to be threatened."

    The rules for each major town were roughly the same as shown above. They reflected local conditions and were modified as the security environment changed. During the initial stages of the operation, Somalis in Mogadishu could carry weapons if they did not point them at - or threaten - UNITAF forces. Ongoing security problems eventually led UNITAF to prohibit all weapons from Mogadishu streets.

    An example of a leaflet (front & back) banning all weapons is shown below.

  • "These are forbidden in Afgooye…
    - Armored and Technical Type Vehicles

    - Blocking Roads

    - Openly Carrying weapons of Any Type (Rifles, Handguns, Grenades)

    - Crew Served Weapons (Machine Guns, Mortars, Recoiless Rifles)"

    "UNITAF - Somalia - Rules for Afgooye

  • Machine guns, recoiless rifles, mortars and other crew served weapons will not be tolerated.
  • Armored vehicles, infantry fighting vehicles, or vehicles with weapon mounts (technicals) will not be tolerated.
  • If any of these items are seen, they are subject to immediate confiscation.
  • Blocking Roads into Afgooye will not be tolerated.
  • Killing or looting of relief supplies will not be tolerated.
  • CTF Forces are authorized to use force if they are threatened or perceive to be threatened."