Cuito Cuanavale is a town and municipality in the province of Cuando-Cubango, in Angola.
It has 35 610 km² and about 65 thousand inhabitants. Its limits are established to the north by the municipality of Luchazes, to the east by the municipality of Mavinga, to the south by the municipality of Nancova and to the west by the municipalities of Menongue and Chitembo. The municipality consists of the communes of Cuito Cuanavale, Longa, Lupire and Baixo Longa.
It was in this municipality that some of the bloodiest clashes of the Angolan civil war took place. On the one hand, the FAPLA, the armed forces of the MPLA, fought at the height in power, supported by the Cuban army, and on the other, the FALA, armed forces of UNITA, supported by the South African army. Thousands of combatants died on both sides. At the end of the battle of Cuito Cuanavale, both UNITA and the MPLA declared themselves victorious. The biggest consequence of this conflict was the withdrawal of Cuban and South African forces from Angolan territory, and the consequent independence of Namibia.
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