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Ogaden rebels claim capture of seven towns


November 15, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ogaden rebels have captured seven towns in the oil rich region located in south eastern of Ethiopia, said a communiqué issued by the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) two days ago.

During a broad multiple front military operation against the positions of the Ethiopian army, the ONLF rebels took the control of seven towns in Ogaden on Tuesday, November 10.

"The operation involved thousands of O.N.L.F troops and resulted in two days of heavy fighting. A significant number of Ethiopian troops have been killed and their military hardware captured or destroyed," the rebels said.

The seized towns according to the ONLF statement are: Obolka located near Harar, Hamaro located to the East of Fik, Higlaaley near Degah Bur, Yucub located 40km from Wardheer, Galadiid located 35km from Kabri Dahar, Boodhaano near the city of Godey, Gunogabo located near Degah Bur.

"ONLF forces were warmly welcomed by the population in these areas and are administering medical care to those civilians killed by retreating Ethiopian occupation forces."

The ONLF rebel movement is founded in 1984 by the Somali people of Ogaden. The organization wants a referendum for separation of the Ogaden region from Ethiopia. But the central government refuses to negotiate with them and considers as a terrorist their group.

The ONLF fighters oppose exploration for Oil by Ethiopian authorities and foreign companies in the Ogaden region. In 2007 ONLF attacked an oil venture and killed 74 Ethiopian and Chinese Oil workers.


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  • 16 November 2009 04:03, by Rambang Deng

    The African notion that whoever rule must not look deep into any grievances of any minority group and must call them names to cover up wrong deeds, is a failing policy.
    Former and current rulers of Sudan used to call Southern Sudanese and other marginalized people of Sudan ’outlaws’ and many other discriminatory names. But it did not do any good to them. The result is that we Southerners are on our way out now to exite Sudan (whether by ballot boxes or Lt Gen James Hoth’s boxes) while nobody is really sure if Southern Kordofan, Southern Blue Nile, Darfur and the far North (Nubian region) will remain parts of what will be left as Sudan or they may call it Arab Republic of Sudan or whatever name they will give to that leftover.

    The Somali people of Ethiopia, like any other Ethiopian ethnic group, deserve to be treated fairly or must be given a choice to choose their destiny freely. Calling them terrorists won’t do any better to Ethiopian rulers or people.

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    • 16 November 2009 04:40, by Aduol Liet

      Mr, Rambang Deng.

      I am not sure what you are trying to say, when mentioning SPLA chief of staff Mr,James Hoth Mai. I don’t real see any connection between Ethiopian Rebel and SPLA Cdr chief of satff but if you are about to quote somethings that relate to movement issue then, be specify clearly but I do consider lack of Ideas from you it has remain to be seen.

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      • 18 November 2009 18:56, by Thyinka

        Aduol Liet,
        You have not understood what Rambang is saying. He stated that government need to solve the problem of minorities in their countries instead of labeling them with names because that won’t solve anything. They should find the root cause of the problems causing conflict and dissatisfaction and provide appropriate solutions. Rambang, then related that Southern south is going to separate peacefully( ballot boxes) or by force(Hoth Mai’s boxes) because the problem of the South had never been addressed adequately by the Khartoum’s governments and instead label Southerners as infidels and other unsavory titles. He has not said anything inappropriate about Hoth and I do agree with his idea as a way to deal with the raging conflicts in Africa.

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  • 16 November 2009 04:09, by Kur

    The report seems distorted. The terrorists supported by Al-Qaeda cannot capture seven towns in one day in Ethiopia. This is no more than nonsense.


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    • 17 November 2009 05:00, by Mohammad100

      Dear Mr. Kur,

      Either you are so arrogant that it could be difficult for you to swallow the plain reality, or you are so blinded by the support you adhere to the notorious regime of Meles Zenaw that you can not accept the truth that the exploited, colonized, and degraded portion of the Ethiopians are on their way to take down the Abyssinian dynasty!!!!
      Either way, if I were you, I will support the Africans who are chasing the Colonial power, instead of supporting those who calls myself names that my ethics will not permit me to repeat. Please ask those who had been refugees in Addis what name they used to be called by the Abyssininas. Just remember, I studied my high school in the southern Sudan before I was accepted to the University of Khartoum. This is just to remind you that I know what I am saying!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Asalaam Aleikum,


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      • 17 November 2009 18:42, by zenu

        I know what onlf did in 2007 it is mass killing but most of them are ogadeni tribs and few chinice also onlf can repeat that agin I agree with the report but I d’t support a war onlf is not a teroris freedom figther ethiopian government should accept Onlf as a freedom fighter and just tray to developdemocratic solution for Ogadenian peoples for the betterment of the cauntry as well as the region.BUt to do this we need a sound democrasy it seems very challengin for dictators like eprdf to accept the peoples qwestion.


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