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Government, Defense

EPLF, Cuban troops, EPRDF, Ethiopian army, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

In the late 1980s the Ethiopian army had 313,000 members; the air force, 4,000; and the navy, 1,800. Following the overthrow of Ethiopia’s Marxist-Leninist government in 1991, the armed forces ceased to exist. Army equipment was divided between the EPRDF and the EPLF. In 2001 membership in the EPRDF was estimated at 250,000. In the late 1970s and in the 1980s Ethiopia received military equipment from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) to use in fighting rebel forces; Cuban troops were stationed in Ethiopia from 1977 until 1989.



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EPLF, Cuban troops, EPRDF, Ethiopian army, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Army equipment, military equipment, air force, navy, USSR, armed forces, membership

 
 

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