Somebody has read the book of Yusuf about his life and the war with Ethiopia.
I would like to know the opinion of Ahmed Yusuf about the war in 1978.
Why did Somalia lose the war against Ethiopia in 1978?
Life of President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed
Former President of Somalia 2004-2008, Colonel Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed died at the age of 77.
Associated Press: In a political career spanning almost half a century, Yusuf survived several assassination attempts, two stints in jail and a liver transplant.
Born in 1934, Abdullahi Yusuf was born into a nomadic family in Nugaal region. He joined the army in 1950 in Galkacyo, Mudug region and was sent off to Italy for training in 1954, making him one of the original 16 to graduate from military academy.
In 1957 at the age of 23, he became the deputy police commissioner of Banaadir. Later that year he was given the position of police commissioner of both Lower and Upper Jubba Regions.
In 1960 he was sent off to Italy for military training and when he returned he became military police at the 26th division in Woqooyi Galbeed Region.
In 1964, as a lieutenant officer in Bay, he fought off a surprise invasion from Ethiopian forces, he did this with light armour weapons and consequently invaded 15 km into Ethiopia. He represented Somalia at peace talks regarding the border war.
That same year he was decorated with the Medal of Valor by President Aden Abdullah Osman and promoted to the rank of Colonel for his actions. He was then sent off to the prestigious Frunze Military Academy in Moscow, then the Soviet Union.
In 1969, he refused to take part in a coup with then Major General Siad Barre and as a consequence imprisoned for 6 years after Siad Barre took power. When released he and then Colonel Aideed were given similar jobs at the Fiat Company in Mogadishu.
In 1977, Siad Bare handpicked Abdullahi Yusuf to lead Somalia’s elite forces in the ****** war. He was given a total of 35000 troops which invaded the ****** from the South till they reached their target, Mojo, 70 km south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital.
He was the only Colonel to lead divisions of the Somali Army during war and was the only Somali leader to reach the vicinity of Addis Ababa since Ahmed Gurey in wartime.
After the war was lost, Abdullahi Yusuf and other military officials attempted a coup against Siad Barre in 1978, the coup failed and Abdullahi Yusuf and other officials fled to Kenya. 17 alleged co-conspirators were executed and others were sentenced for a minimum of 20 years