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Operation Tiro-A-Tiro, 1980: Planning and Approach

Operation Tiro-a-TiroBy early 1980, FAPLA occupied all the small towns along the Kavango River as far north as Caiundo. Until the end of 1979, UNITA had applied a scorched earth policy against all towns and territory captured from FAPLA, but in line with a political decision by the organisation's leaders, it then became customary for UNITA to occupy and defend former FAPLA strongholds.

On 14 April, UNITA took Cuangar after driving a 900-strong FAPLA force out. This was the first major town captured by Savimbi's forces, and the taking of Cuangar marked the beginning of a new phase in UNITA's war, aimed at securing the entire southern region of Angola.

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Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET

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