From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Wed Mar 11 2009 - 14:01:20 EST
Latest Reports on the Battles Raging in Ogaden
Wednesday the 11th of March, 2009
March 11, 2009 Reports reaching the Ogaden Online service desk indicate
raging battles between the Ogaden National Liberation Army (ONLA) and the
Woyane militias throughout Ogaden. All the latest battles took place between
March 4th and March 7th. Casualties are reported on both sides.
Our reporters on the ground and eyewitnesses confirmed that most casualties
were sustained by the Woyane militias. Multiple reports put the Woyane
casualties around 400 deaths. The reports add that in some places, entire
battalions were overrun, garrisons completely taken over, all military
supplies taken, and Woyane militias captured alive and taken as prisoners.
It is reported that most of the Woyane militias taking part in the renewed
battles are from the battalions that have recently been brought back from
the failed Tigrian military escapades in Somalia. Some captured prisoners
have told some of our reporters that they were misinformed about the
strength of the ONLA.
More than one prisoner indicated that they were under the impression that
the ONLA was just a ragtag army that could not dig in for battle, let alone
wage an offensive or a counter offensive.
The service desk is still in the midst of collecting and corroborating the
news from the frontlines. So far we have received confirmations for the
On March 4th in the town of Uubataale which is 12 kilometers to the major
garrison city of Wardheer, the ONLA killed 60 soldiers including a high
ranking official. Among the captured military equipment was satellite
telephone identification and tracking system and an advanced military
In the same vicinity in a town called Afyaraado, it is reported a counter
offensive ONLA force killed 40 Woyane militias who were attempting to come
to the aid of the uprooted force in Uubataale. The remainder of the
reinforcements reached their main base in Wardheer. They were reported to
have dug more defensive trenches, and they were said to have cut off all
contact with the so-called local administration in the city for fear of
being spied on.
On March 5th, a fierce firefight took place in the town of Qamuuda which is
part of Doolo province. In this battle, it is reported that 20 Woyane
militias were killed, more than a dozen taken prisoner, and military
In Hilla, on March 6th, in Hilla which is closer to Mustaxiil, the ONLA
ambushed Woyane reinforcements. It is reported that 35 Woyane militias were
killed, and two military transport vehicle of the type known as Urals were
destroyed. Other reinforcements were also ambushed by the ONLA in the
vicinity of Abaaqorow and Godey. It is reported that 34 Woyane militias were
On March 07th, confirmed reports indicate a major battle between the ONLA
and the Woyane militias in the town of Goldhebileey which is closer to
Garbo. In this battle, eyewitnesses and reporters on the ground confirmed
the death of 38 Woyane militias. They also confirm that the ONLA took all
the military supplies from the garrison that was deserted by the Woyane
militias. Eyewitnesses in Garbo confirmed that few militias who escaped from
Goldhebileey have reached the town of Garbo.
It is also reported that the remnants of the defeated Woyane militias fought
with the so-called local administration militias. Eyewitness confirms the
death of about 20 militias from the so-called local administration and the
remnants of the defeated Woyane militias.
On March 7th in the town of Baarta Jerar, the death of 33 Woyane militias
was reported. There were many injured Woyane militias many of whom were
brough to the city of Awaare.
There are ongoing reports of sustained major military battles between the
ONLA and the Woyane militias throughout Ogaden. It appears that the Woyane
militias went on the offensive, but are now on the defensive. In some towns,
the ONLA are reportedly in firm control. We are in the process of collecting
verifiable information about all the battles and will be filing in future
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