Insurgency in Ogaden

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Insurgency in Ogaden
Part of the conflicts in the Horn of Africa
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A column of ONLF rebels, October 8, 2006. (Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)
Date 1995[1] - 2008
Location Somali region (Ethiopia)
Status Media blockade in the region by Ethiopia government. Ethiopian government defeat of ONLF forces militarily, with small groups targetting NGOs and citizens in banditry attacks. Instability on a criminal area continues in the region.
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Ogaden National Liberation Front
Commanders and leaders
Ethiopia Meles Zenawi
Ethiopia Kuma Demeksa
Ethiopia Siraj Fergessa
Ethiopia Negasso Gidada
Ethiopia Girma Wolde-Giorgis
Ethiopia Samora Yunis
Flag of Ogaden National Liberation Front(2).svg Mohamed Sirad Dolal  
Flag of Ogaden National Liberation Front(2).svg Mohammed Omar Osman
Casualties and losses
5,000[citation needed] 1,500 fatalities[citation needed]
2,000 civilians fatalities[citation needed]

The insurgency in Ogaden, waged by the separatist Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) in Ethiopia's Somali region, began in 1995 and ended in 2008.[citation needed] Originally an accepted political party which contributed three Presidents of the Somali Region after the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front expelled them from power, the ONLF began a guerrilla war to promote their goals. For many years, the remoteness of the Somali Region led to the conflict being ignored by the international media, until several high-profile attacks in 2007: the attack on the Chinese oil site at Abole and attacks in Jigjiga and Dhagahbur.

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