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Ethiopia inflicted losses on Ogaden rebels: army colonel
ADDIS ABABA - The Ethiopian army has inflicted losses on rebel fighters in the restive Ogaden region where the government is cracking down on insurgents, Colonel Tsegaye Gebretensae said in a statement today.
"The Ethiopian National Army has annihilated the remnants of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) that were engaged in disrupting the peace and stability of the Somali region," he said.
Tsegaye said soldiers took on rebels who had regrouped in the region’s Danot area, but did not give specific casualty figures.
"The army has also captured 101 Kalashnikov rifles, two machine guns and launchers among others," Tsegaye added.
Both sides have been claiming an upper hand over the past eight months but none of the claims have been independently verified as journalists and aid workers have been blocked from vast swathes of the region.
The army launched a crackdown in the region after ONLF rebels attacked a Chinese oil venture in April that left 77 people killed.
The barren Ogaden region has long been extremely poor, but discovery of gas and oil brought new hopes and have fueled the conflict.
Formed in 1984, the ONLF is fighting for the independence of ethnic Somalis in the Ogaden, whom they say have been marginalised by Addis Ababa.
I do not understand why they call dedebits Agazi murderes an Ethiopian army. They went to Ogaden to kill innocent people who are fighting for freedom and democracy. The tigray gang is accountable for its atrocities and will be brouhgt to justice in the near future
Noooo peace with weyane in horn Africa
Men can’t swim without the water, and the water is not going to be mudded and OPLF can’t swim.
Swallow it FOX what ever you called it.
The Ethiopian army is a SUPER POWER.
Didn’t the Ethiopian government had announced few months ago, that it has destroyed the rebel groups? I don’t understand how it inflicts a loose on the enemy already declared destroyed? Only African dictates claim anything they won’t without any kind of political implication. How many times does a leader of a government lie to its people? From the nature of the Eritrean “referendum” in which PM Meles promised us that Eritrean will be given a choice between, federalism, confederation, unity and also separation, but the so-called referendum turned out to be a choose between “Freedom” and “Slavery” and who would choose slavery over freedom?; the Badme fiasco in which the government requested the people to celebrate on the streets because “Badme was declared within Ethiopian boundary” by the international tribunal and the withdrawal of our troops from Somalia in a weeks time, and now this one. I hope Ethiopians, one day, probably in our generation, will have a leader who would be accountable for his/her acts and trustworthy.
Fox are you one of the self-proclaimed fighetrs who hide inside a hole like a fox-the EPRDF knows how to launch an offensive against rebel groups. The EPRDF is king of liberation struggle, they know the abcd of waedging a liberation war. Any offensive by liberation groups against Ethiopia will be melted like an ice, EPRDF needs to blow a bit of hot air enough to crackdown on the ONLF. The ONLF will soon be reduced into a paper tiger like its counterpart the OLF. When Ethiopia launches attack against such insurgents Shaebia and kinijit start to shiver. There is no need to panick, don panick, Ethiopia wont attack unless attacked. When attacked ADWA, Badime, Kismayu will came as a flash back to our enemies.
The crackdown need to step up into a higher level, the ONLF will soon be classed as a bully. the ONLF decided to impose its ideas using force as a tool. We now know its chicken headed leaders cant even ptotect themselves let alone protecting the masses. Shaebia’s support as they dream wont help them realise their goals, here they are running away fron gallant ethiopian troops. Hiding eveywhere like a fox. The EPRDF will smoke them out from their hideouts,,, Bravo our troops. We are always proud of our gallant troops who kept our nation independent for centuries. our independence cant be shaken by Eritrean mercenaries. If there is a need ethiopia can wipe these groups from their headquarter in Asmara. Asmara will feel sorry of its evil deeds, and will be forced to payback for the pain its causing in Ethiopia. No one shouldnt see Ethiopia’s patience as a weakness. Shaebiyaa cant protect it self let alone protecting the ONLF. ONLF should stop living life on false promises of Shaebiya(Erit-government).If war broke out between Eth and Eritrea, ONLF and OLF will definetely be sandwicthed and eaten by the Ethiopian army
Ethiopian(Tegadaly) and amstaredam
I realy do not consider an army that is made up of and led by ethnic Tigrians an Ethiopian army. It is simply a group of murderers the only mission is to keep the interest of the dedebit leaders that are jamming the Menelik palace. I still waiting to to see a real Ethiopian Military force that would protect the interest of the Ethiopian people. Unless the Woayne badits and the Neftgna Hailu relinquesh politics we we will not see real democray and real army in Ethiopia.
Kill all theses Eritrean mercenaries and bring peace in Ogaden and the rest of our nation. Fox your name says it all. You are out of the game bro. Ask the U.S military and they will tell you what ET military is all about. Our fellow ET men such as AMSTREDAMER are also clearly teaching you how powerful our arm forces are, so take a good note.
Comment from: Amsterdamer [Visitor]
Swallow it FOX what ever you called it.
The Ethiopian army is a SUPER POWER.
Keep up the good work Amsterdamer and Ethiopian Man
I think we all ethiopian agrey ethiopian army must clean OGADEN from this banditr tererist group.
Well, well, well;
Who killed 200 innocent childer and women in a broad day light? Who killed innocent people in Sidma, Ganebella, Ogaden and the rest of the country? Please, tell us more about the so called Ethiopian army. It simply a means to protect the stolen money from the poor and a power to prolong the reign of the dedebits. We do not buy the notion that the Woyane arm is an Ethiopian army. NEVER!!
Another lies from Z-Mikes masters to seduuce amsetrdamer and ethiopian man.
Fox, it is true that the core of the Ethiopian Army today is made up of the TPLF fighters. But, this army is an organic entity which changes constantly by removing and adding new members to it. And so, today Ethiopia is having probably the best defense force in the continent with a core of fire tested veterans of the TPLF and new young members from all parts of the country. I see it as a huge advantage for the country and worst nightmare for her enemies.
Thanks for your explanation butdo not buy it. Those who oppose the attrocities of the Woayne regime are replaced by new recruits from Tigray. Who is hoding the key commanding posts? The Woayne(the Kiroses) loyalists. Please, stop bragging as if Woayne is the # arm in the region. That empty pride did not help the Derg junta either.
Hey, come on felas, please comment in a civilized way. I got so much dissappointment when I got to see quarelling among the well educated disporas who are living in the western courntries where people are discussing whatever ideas they have in a civilised way. Please show us a kind of change happened on you from what you are typing here, Otherwise you better not write. The sole reason of all our communication problems is our culture. Please transform yourself first, before you comment on other
No war! Wheather it is with ONLF, OPLF, OLF, EPPF or Shaebia…NO WAR! We have got a lot to work on but not WAR anymore. Everthing should be moved to the frontline of development! Weapons, artilleries and all the possessed arsenals shall be melted soon in Akaki Metals Factory and will come out as shovels and hoes to speed up the development not only in Ethiopia, but also in the horn of Africa region. That is it!
Love shall win!
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