1982 Ethiopian–Somali Border War

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1982 Ethiopian–Somali Border War
Part of the conflicts in the Horn of Africa and the Cold War
DateJune–August 1982
LocationCentral Somalia

Ethiopian Victory

Puntland SSDF
Somalia Somalia
Supported by:
 United States
Commanders and leaders
Mengistu Haile Mariam
Puntland Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed
Somalia Siad Barre
Somalia Mohammed Said Hersi Morgan
10,000 Ethiopian soldiers [4] Unknown

The 1982 Ethiopian–Somali Border War occurred between June and August 1982 when Ethiopia, sending a 10,000 man invasion force backed by warplanes and armored units, supported by hundreds of SSDF rebels invaded Central Somalia [4]. Siad Barre's regime managed to ultimately repulse most of the rebel offensive through declaring a state of emergency in the war zone. [1][5]. The United States government responded by speeding deliveries of light arms and Pattons already promised. In addition, the initially pledged US$45 million in economic and military aid was increased to US$80 million.[1][5] Until late 1983, there were numerous clashes between Ethiopian and Somali units, especially near Balanbale and in the northwest around the city of Galkayo. However, the Somali forces were unable to dislodge the Ethiopians from Balumbale and Galdogob.


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