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Angolan Gvt vs UNITA Guerilla

Years: 1975-2002
Battle deaths: 112,569 [1]
Onesided violence: 2,329 [2]

Nation(s) involved and/or conflict territory [note]
Angola, Cuba, Namibia, South Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Published prior to 2013 | Updated: 2014-08-12 16:55:26
UCDP: "The conflict between the government of Angola and UNITA dates back to independence from Portugal in November 1975. There were 3 major independence movements in Angola: MPLA (the present government), UNITA and FNLA. From the mid-1960s they all fought Portugal separately. During 1975, prior to independence, a transitional government including all three movements was set up. However, it collapsed and fighting erupted before independence. The MPLA held Luanda with Cuban support and a UNITA-FNLA alliance received help from South Africa. Major defeats of the FNLA led to its decline as western powers shifted their support to UNITA. UNITA’s leader Jonas Savimbi received substantial support from South Africa as well as US weapons and fuel, channelled through Zaire".

Source: Uppsala Conflict Data Program (Date of retrieval: ) UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia, Uppsala University


Data Sources

[1] Battle deaths: PRIO Battle Deaths Dataset v3.0 (link) (1946-88) UCDP Battle-Related Deaths Dataset v. 5-2014 (link) (1989-) ID: #131
Low: 43,620 High: 146,897

[2] UCDP One-sided Violence Dataset v. 1.4-2014 (1989-2013)(link) including actors: UNITA
Low: 2,325 High: 6,346

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NOTE! Nation data for this war may be inconlusive or incomplete. In most cases it reflects which nations were involved with troops in this war, but in some it may instead reflect the contested territory.



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