Ethiopian army regains control of 7 more towns as TPLF retreats in 2 major fronts

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaking to Ethiopian state-affiliated media at the front lines in Afar region. [Photo via Facebook]

Ethiopian government has announced that federal forces fighting Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in the north of the country have taken control of seven more areas after the insurgent group continued its retreats in two major fronts.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed returned to his office in Addis Ababa saying he has completed the first phase of the operation which he started by going to command forces by himself.

In a statement last evening, the office of the prime minister said government forces have now recaptured seven new areas in two front after the Tigray People’s Liberation Front retreated.

“The terrorist group TPLF has been uprooted in and cleared out of Hayk, Bistima, Basomile and Wuchalie towns in Dessie Front,” the statement by the office of the prime minister reads in part.

In Tenta Front, the statement said, “Alem Amba, Mekdella, Gashmeda towns also liberated and cleared of TPLF.”

‘We have to turn back’

n a statement, TPLF leader Debretsion said the decision by his leadership to retreat was necessary due to unforeseen circumstances has Ethiopian federal forces have deployed heavily along the areas recently occupied by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

“We evaluated the overall situation, both ours as well as that of the enemy, and arrived at the decision on our own. We have to turn back; we shouldn’t continue in the present [course]; we have to carry out additional tasks, additional adjustments’ – it was after we identified this that we arrived at the decision,” he said in the statement seen by Sudans Post.

“It was a tough decision but one which had to be made. We have to understand that it was a correct decision. [The decision] wasn’t made because of diplomatic pressure or through discussions,” he added.

The rebel leader further pointed out that “We don’t make discussions which the people of Tigray are not aware of or diplomatic activities which the people of Tigray have not accepted… This is a time of fierce struggle.”

 

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  1. Whooowee!!! I’m running out of numbers counting!!! But I still need my cities of Axum, Adwa, Adigrat and Mekele back pronto. Debre’s overseas operatives are said to be working on a large scale propaganda campaign to arouse fear in the UN that Abiy is planning an all out military operation on the region of Tigray to carry out large scale genocide with a help of Eritrea. I’m not sure how that will pan out for them but it may trigger once again a call for an external(UN sanctioned) military intervention and enforce a ‘peaceful’ resolution as such idea was already entertained more than before. I am not sure who will come up with the terms for peaceful resolution acceptable by both sides. It seems that Debre will never recognize the current federal government in Addis/Finfine and will never, ever disarm his rag tag looters. Hey, I am not the one who called them ‘looters’ but the UN itself just did that and as confirmed by TPBBC World News.

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