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Angolan Civil War
Part of the Cold War and the South African Border War
Date 1975–2002
Location Angola
Result MPLA military victory; transition towards a multiparty political system; dissolution of the armed forces of UNITA and FNLA; participation of these movements, as political parties, in the new political system, from 1991/92 onwards; resistance of FLEC continued beyond 2002
Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (bandeira).svg MPLA
 Cuba (1975-1991)
 Soviet Union (1975-89)
Supported by:
Mozambique Mozambique
East Germany East Germany
Flag of UNITA.svg UNITA
Bandeira da FNLA.svg FNLA
Flag of Cabinda.svg FLEC
 South Africa (until 1989)
Supported by:
 United States
 People's Republic of China
Commanders and leaders
Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (bandeira).svg Agostinho Neto
Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (bandeira).svg José Eduardo dos Santos
Cuba Arnaldo Ochoa
Cuba Leopoldo Cintra
Soviet Union Konstantin Schaganovich
Flag of UNITA.svg Jonas Savimbi
Bandeira da FNLA.svg Holden Roberto
Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (bandeira).svg Angolan troops:
  • 40,000 - 70,000 (1987)
  • 130,000 (2001)

Cuba Cuban troops:

  • 35 000 - 37 000 (1982)
  • 60,000 (1988)

Soviet Union Soviet troops:

  • 1,200 (1985)
Flag of UNITA.svg UNITA militants:
  • 65,000 (1990, highest)

Bandeira da FNLA.svg FNLA militants:

  • 22,000 (1975)
  • 4,000-7,000 (1976)

Union of South Africa South African troops:

  • 20,000 (1976)
Casualties and losses
Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (bandeira).svg Unknown

Cuba 2,077 killed,
15,000 dead, wounded or missing
Soviet Union 54 killed

Flag of UNITA.svg Unknown

Bandeira da FNLA.svg Unknown
Union of South Africa 2,300 dead

Over 500,000 civilians killed

The Angolan Civil War was a major civil war in the African country of Angola. It started in 1975 and continued until 2002. The war started right after Angola became independent from Portugal in November 1975. The Civil War was mostly a fight for power between two former liberation movements, the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). In 2002 the MPLA won.

About 500,000 people died in the war. The war also did a lot of damage to the buildings. Because of all the damage in 2003 80% of Angolans lacked access to basic medical care, 60% lacked access to water, and 30% of Angolan children would die before the age of 5, with an overall national life expectancy of less than 40 years of age.

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