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The Ogaden War

In 1977 Somalia invaded Ethiopia in an attempt to take control of disputed territory. The ensuing war would become one of the defining events in recent East African history.

In 1977 Somalia invaded Ethiopia in an attempt to take control of disputed territory where most of the inhabitants were ethnic Somalis. The ensuing war would become one of the defining events in recent East African history. Hear from General Mohamed Nur Galal, one of the architects of the Somali invasion.

Photo: Young men in a Somali rebel camp in Ogaden. Credit: AFP/Getty Images.

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Thu 7 Apr 2016 07:50GMT

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