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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.
Most of the commenters on this forum are Ethiopian High-Landers, and I understand their mentality of being brain-washed by Woyane propaganda toward the Ogadeni people and their freedom fighters, i.e. ONLF. But what is funny is someone who claims to be from the Ogaden-namely Mr.Bile-who is trying to please and entertain the Woyane regime who kill daily his brothers and sisters in the Ogaden, this loser Mr.Bile who is using his respected great-grandfather's name, should know that he will be recorded in the history of the of Ogadeni people in a dark light, and he should understand that no matter how well and how much he pleases Meles and his stooges, to them, he is just another Ogadeni.
I just want to remind my loser brother Mr.Bile, that he has to learn a lesson from the history of the colonial informers and supporters of the colonizing power, and their fate. Just look at what happened to Ibrahim Haad, Gurey Fidar, and others. Though you are hiding in Minnesota, far from the Ogaden, Ogaden compatriots know who you are and what you are doing, and that one day justice will prevail.>
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