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  Somali


Neighbors
Afar, Ethiopia  
Ali Sabieh Region, Djibouti  
Awdal, Somalia  
Bakool, Somalia  
Dikhil Region, Djibouti  
Dire Dawa, Ethiopia  
Eastern Province, Kenya  
Galguduud, Somalia  
Gedo, Somalia  
Hiiraan, Somalia  
Mudug, Somalia  
North Eastern Province, Kenya  
Nugaal, Somalia  
Oromia, Ethiopia  
Sool, Somalia  
Togdheer, Somalia  
Woqooyi Galbeed, Somalia  

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Parents > Ethiopia  
Alternate Names(official name: Somali West);Somali Regional State [Somali: Dawlada Deegaanka Soomaalida]; [Arabic: الدولة المنطقة الصومالية]; [Amharic: ሶማሊ ክልል]; Sumale
Established 00, 1995
Disbanded Still Active
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Last ModifiedBojicat September 21, 2019 02:51pm
Description Region demarcated along ethnic lines and Ethiopia's largest in area.

The predominant ethnic group are the Somalis at almost 99% of the population, and the language spoken is Somali.

Area had been sought after by neighbor Somalia which invaded Ethiopia, igniting the Ogaden War (July 1977 to March 1978). Ethiopia was cornered and all appeared lost until a timely 16,000+ troop intervention from Cuba, a further two brigades from South Yemen and 1,500 Soviet 'advisors' turned the tide. This wiped out a third of the Somali army. Somalia subsequently gave up its claim to the area [Link]

Desires for a 'Greater Somalia' still persist, and the federal government has had its hands full trying to pacify the region, especially against the separatist Ogaden National Liberation Front.

Capital is Jijiga.

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