Ethiopia: Rebellions Recede

January 20, 2010: A unit of 103 Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) guerrilla fighters surrendered to Ethiopian forces. The group also turned in what the government described as a large cache of weapons. A senior OLF commander was in charge of the group. It’s difficult to verify such government claims. But, if true, this may prove to be a significant political victory for the government. The OLF is fighting for autonomy for the Oromo ethnic group (which is primarily in southern Ethiopia). The group may have surrendered because of an impending offensive against OLF bases by Kenyan military forces. Ethiopia and Kenya have been coordinating defense actions along their border and the Ethiopian government has been pressuring Kenya to attack the OLF and force its cadres back into Ethiopia.

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