Democratic Front for the Liberation of Somalia

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Somalia was a Somali insurgent group, fighting against the government of Siad Barre. Ideologically DFLS was oriented towards Marxism and nationalism.[1] DFLS was led by a group of former Central Committee members of the Somali Revolutionary Socialist Party (SRSP), who considered that Siad Barre had deviated from the revolutionary path.[2] The movement was founded around 1978 by Abdirahman Aidid Ahmad, former chairman of the Ideological Bureau of SRSP.[2][3] DFLS had its headquarters in Aden, South Yemen.[2]

Reportedly, DFLS fighters obtained military training in Syria.[4]

In 1981, DFLS merged with the Somali Salvation Front and the Somali Workers Party, forming the Somali Salvation Democratic Front.[2]


  1. ^ Internationales Afrika Forum, Vol. 17–18. Europäisches Institut für Politische, Wirtschaftliche und Soziale Fragen, 1981. p. 47
  2. ^ a b c d Nelson, Harold D. Somalia, a Country Study. [Whitefish, Mont.]: Kessinger Publishing, 2004. p. 222
  3. ^ Krech, Hans. Der Bürgerkrieg in Somalia (1988-1996): ein Handbuch. Berlin: Verlag Dr. Köster, 1996. p. 221
  4. ^ Henriques, John L. Syria: Issues and Historical Background. [Hauppauge], N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers, 2003. p. 214