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Ethiopia: Who is Jaal Marroo, the military leader in charge of the OLA?

By Jaysim Hanspal
Posted on Thursday, 11 November 2021 10:28, updated on Friday, 12 November 2021 08:20

A man holds a flag of Oromo Liberation Front during the opening ceremony of Irreecha celebration in Addis Ababa
A man holds a flag of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) during the opening ceremony of Irreecha celebration, the Oromo People thanksgiving ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia October 4, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Jaal Marroo, the Ethiopian military leader in charge of the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), has warned Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed that his rebels are inching closer to victory, as the conflict in Ethiopia continues to escalate.

“What I am sure [of] is that it is going to end very soon. We are preparing to push for another launch, and for another attack. The government is just trying to buy time, and they are trying to instigate [a] civil war in this country, so they are calling for the nation to fight,” Marroo said in an interview with AFP on Sunday 7 November.

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