Free Aceh Movement
The Free Aceh Movement (Indonesian: Gerakan Aceh Merdeka, GAM; Acehnese: Geurakan Acèh Meurdèka / Gěrakan Aceh Měrdeka) was a separatist group seeking independence for the Aceh region of Sumatra, Indonesia. GAM fought against Indonesian government forces in the Aceh insurgency from 1976 to 2005, during which over 15,000 lives are believed to have been lost.
|Free Aceh Movement|
|Active||4 December 1976 – 2005|
|Role||Guerrilla warfare, politics|
|Garrison/HQ||City, mountains and forests of Aceh|
|Engagements||Insurgency in Aceh|
|Hasan di Tiro|
|Crescent moon and star|
The organisation surrendered its separatist intentions and dissolved its armed wing following 2005 peace agreement with the Indonesian government, and subsequently changed its name into Aceh Transition Committee (Indonesian: Komite Peralihan Aceh, KPA). The Indonesian government called the group the Aceh Security Disturbance Movement.