Somali National Front

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The Somali National Front (SNF) was a political revolutionary movement and armed militia in Somalia.


Initially made up of loyalists to former President of Somalia Siad Barre and the remnants of the Somali National Army forces after his ouster from office, the SNF's intent and goal was to recapture Mogadishu and reinstate Barre's regime.

Later, under General Omar Hagi Masallah, the SNF united the Marehan with the other Darod clans led by General Mohammed Said Hersi "Morgan", and then attempted to conquer the region around Kismayo to form the autonomous district of Jubaland.


  • Leaders: Dr. Ali Nur, Gen Omar Hagi Massale, Mohamud Sayid Aden, General Mohammed Hashi Gaani, Col Barre Hiiraale, Col. Abdirizak Issak Bihi, Col. Osman Haji Ahmed and Noor Matan Abdi who was stronger leader from Fiqi Yacqub sub-clan in Marehan clan.
  • Area of Operations: Southern and Central Somalia; occasional forays to outskirts of Mogadishu and neighboring borders.
  • Tribal Affiliation: Marehan (Mareehaan)
  • Founded: March 1991