AFRICA: Sticks, Stones and Rockets

For the moment, the Somalia are winning the Ogaden war

"The Ethiopians know they do not belong here. That is why they do not fight well. We are driving them away forever."

So declares Abdullah! Abdi, a Somali military commander in the ugly little war that is being fought today in the Ogaden desert region of eastern Ethiopia. After years of sporadic guerrilla activity, the forces of the Western Somali Liberation Front (W.S.L.F.)—backed by their tribal cousins in the Somali Democratic Republic to the east—have been fighting fiercely since July to wrest the Ogaden from Ethiopia, which has controlled it off...

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