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Ethiopia’s Tigray Terrorist forces seek new military alliance

NAIROBI, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Forces from Ethiopia’s rebellious Tigray region said on Wednesday they were in talks to forge a military alliance with insurgents from Ethiopia’s most populous region, Oromiya, heaping pressure on the central government in Addis Ababa.

“We are in talks with the Oromo Liberation Army,” Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), told Reuters by satellite phone.

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The TPLF controls the Tigray region in Ethiopia’s north and its forces have been fighting federal troops since November in a conflict that has caused a major refugee crisis.

In recent weeks, the conflict has spread into two neighbouring regions, Afar and Amhara, displacing about another 250,000 people and raising international concerns about a wider destabilisation of Africa’s second most populous nation.

Debretsion declined to give further details. Also on Wednesday, Getachew Reda, a spokesperson for the TPLF, told Reuters by satellite phone that “some sort of agreement” was in the works. “It’s only natural that we work together with people who have a stake in the future of the Ethiopian state.”

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“At this point, we share intel and coordinate strategy,” Odaa Tarbii, a spokesperson for The Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), said in a message.

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Tarbii said the agreement, which he described as being “at a very early stage”, was “based on the mutual understanding that Abiy’s dictatorship must be removed”.

The OLA is a splinter group of the Oromo Liberation Front, a formerly banned opposition group that returned from exile after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in 2018.

The Ethiopian military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Abiy’s spokesperson, Billene Seyoum, said in an email the two groups – TPLF and OLA – had been designated as terrorist organisations by parliament. She did not elaborate.

The government declared a unilateral ceasefire in June, after Tigrayan forces recaptured the regional capital of Mekelle. Tigrayan forces have dismissed the ceasefire, saying the government should agree to their conditions for a truce.

Reporting by Giulia Paravicini in Olbia, Italy, Maggie Fick in Nairobi and Addis Ababa Newsroom; Editing by Giles Elgood/Mark Heinrich

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  1. What does one expect from two prolific terrorist organizations both financed mostly by empty head diaspora extremists that dream to get power by the ethnic ladder. OLA has caused the displacement of more than 1 million Gedeos and thousands of Amahara and other minorities subsistence farmers and they are to the core financed by TPLF terror enterprise.. TPLF the bikovharam of East Africa is killing almost daily innocent farmers and civilians. In every havovc and massacres we have seen let be in Arsi, Bale, Harrar, Wellega, Benishangule, Sidama or else TPLF always is behind it. Even there are confirmed news that TPLF for years have been supporting AlShabab underground so it does not loose USA consideration as the only option for EAst Africa. TPLF is the largest Arms dealer in East Africa and all the modern weapons that OLA has sometimes better than the ENDF ones were provided by TPLF that uses them as foot soldiers. The good thing is OLA never have gone beyond small towns to confront the central government and they just patrolling rural areas and always in the move. The bad thing is poor Amhara farmers, Gurages, Gedeos and southern minorities are the daily victims of their daily frustration of not getting the power. They have been doing for a while and when OLF former OLA did to the country the first who receive them were TPLF thugs. Both hate Amaharas or mixed Ethiopias or minorities to their bone and their moto is Amahara does not exist and should be destroyed. They are the primary reason why while Ethiopia and it’s people who have lived in harmony for centuries are killing each other. The only thing that make them to agree vis their hate for other Ethiopians and in special the Amharas. People should wake up and stand for their rights before is too late and not let these goons demagogues put their hands on the central government power. People should fight for one man one vote and the right of every Ethiopian to live anywhere in Ethiopia, to fight for entitlements just based on ethnic affiliation but only by merit. And be drastic and lethal for those who aspire to live above others by means of force by passing the rule of the land.

  2. There you have it. I told you on several occasions before that Debre and his cabals need beast of burden from Amhara and Oromo people who will picky bag them thru otherwise hostile territories all the way to Addis/Finfine. Now it seems they have found willing mules from among my own Oromos and it will be a matter of time before they bag same willing coolies among our Amhara neighbors. You just watch!!!

  3. Top Urgent, to Ethiopia Government!!

    It is terrible that but not surprising that TPLF terrorist group request a military assistance and ally with OLF, parts “Onege Sheney” as they have been working quite long time both to vanish historical country Ethiopia.

    To remind here Ethiopian nice songs or proverb “እዚህ ጋር ይህም ተባሌ እንዴ የምትለውን ጨዋታ ያስታውሰናል፣ ይገርማል!!”

    These all mess and things happening now due to reluctance made by Ethiopian government as the sabotage has been done by internal administration on supporting both opposition parties.

    So, the government serious action has to continue persistently until these forces vanish one and for all from Ethiopian territory. The other miracle press statement is that the spoke person of TPLF message in which since as they are at last stage of defeat, they highly pray for peace full negotiation and support from others. Ethiopian government has to make immediate & quick aggressive PR response for what they are propagating and there smart cheating to change the mind of world communities and catch the feeling of their supporters.

    At this crucial time of uniting Ethiopia those countries, groups or alliance of TPLF shall to think again and again as this is not a war between rebellions and Abyi administration, it is a war of Unity by all Ethiopian people. So every one on the side of such terrorist group has to take care. It is about the war of Unifying Ethiopia!!!

    Long live to Ethiopia!!

  4. Top Urgent, to Ethiopia Government!!

    It is terrible that but not surprising that TPLF terrorist group request a military assistance and ally with OLF, parts “Onege Sheney” as they have been working quite long time both to vanish historical country Ethiopia. To remind here Ethiopian nice songs or proverb “ይህም ተባሌ እንዴ የምትለውን ጨዋታ ያስታውሰናል፣ ይገርማል!!” These all mess and things happening now due to reluctance made by Ethiopian government as the sabotage has been done by internal administration on supporting both opposition parties. So, the government serious action has to continue persistently until these forces vanish once for all from Ethiopian territory. The other miracle press statement is that the spoke person of TPLF message in which since as they are at last stage of defeat, they highly pray for peace full negotiation and support from others. Ethiopian government has to make immediate & quick aggressive PR response for what they are propagating and there smart cheating to change the mind of world communities and trying to catch the feeling of their supporters. At this crucial time of uniting Ethiopia those countries, groups or alliance of TPLF shall to think again and again as this is not a war between rebellions and Abyi administration, it is a war of Unity by all Ethiopian people. So every one on the side of such terrorist group has to take care. It is about the war of Unifying Ethiopia!!!

    Long live to Ethiopia!!

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