TPLF On Retreat in Amhara After Ethiopian Army’s Capture of Strategic Cities Dessie, Kombolcha

The Ethiopian government said on Monday its forces had recaptured two strategic cities in eastern Amhara state that had been captured two months earlier by the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) during its southern drive on the capital. The victories pushed the TPLF back another 80 miles from their positions last week.

The Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) have recaptured the cities of Dessie and Kombolcha from the TPLF, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced on Monday, according to the state-owned Fana Broadcasting Corporate. Abiy also verified previous reports that the city of Bati, several miles to the east of Kombolcha, had also been recaptured.
The towns had been seized by the TPLF in October during a rapid advance along Highway 2 toward Addis Ababa. They penetrated as far as Debre Sina, about 130 kilometers from the capital, before being halted late last month. Debre Sina’s fall, and concurring alarmist reports in Western media that Addis’ collapse was imminent and foreigners should flee the city, helped push Abiy into taking direct control over the military.
Sputnik reported at the time on a secret meeting between US and European diplomats and a leading TPLF figure, during which they wished the TPLF luck in their offensive and spoke of forming a post-Abiy “transition government” after the capture of Addis.
The counteroffensive, launched last week, has quickly reversed the gains of the rebel group, which launched its offensive out of the northern Tigray state in June. Sputnik reported on Friday that Debre Sina had been recaptured and the TPLF pushed back to north of Shewa Rabit, a town 122 kilometers south of Dessie and Kombolcha, which sit just 11 kilometers apart.


  1. I think the supporters of the TPLF in the Biden administration would receive these news of the routing of the fascist and racist forces in various fronts with grief and disappointment. The TPLF using the millions it had looted from the Ethiopian coffer has hired a network of disinformation and lobbyists who transmit and spread its propaganda in the west. The pro-TPLF elements in the Biden administration should give up their hope of re-empowering the TPLF in Ethiopia but instead focus on finding the safe exit for the fascist and racist TPLF leaders. What is surprising about these pro-TPLF elements in the administration is the fact that they hope for the TPLF victory.

  2. I am cool with this. But I am not yet ready to break my baklava over the return of Dessie yet. PM Abiy still owes me a few more cities. He owes me Weldiya, Adigrat, Aksum, Adwa, Mekele and the entire region of Tigray and I need them back pronto. I won’t rest well until he puts that glorious town of Adwa in my pocket. Adwa was and will remain to eternity an the inspiration for every colored man/woman on the good earth that reminds us all that once we are united it is nothing can stop us now!!! In unity we have the strength to face up any foreign or domestic bully and show him who is in charge. It was at that Adwa that my Barentu grand cousins faced up to the European imperialist bigot, spat in his face and beat the tar out of him. That was where they paid the ultimate sacrifice and left an enduring legacy and inspiration for all freedom fighters since then. Thousands of them had stayed behind buried 6 feet under there. Descendants of soldiers under the command of Tekle of Gojjaam asking their Adwa back in their pockets. Descendants of soldiers under the command of Alula are screaming for their taken away Adwa. Descendants of those soldiers under the command of Mekonen, the grandson son Guddisa, are still fuming to the fact that their city of Adwa has been desecrated by the human refuse of the TPLF leaders. Descendants of those gallant patriots under the command of Dinagde are screaming for their city Adwa back in their pocket!!! Descendants of those soldiers under Baratieri’s worst nightmare Balcha are demanding their Adwa back in their hands. They are all telling PM Abiy to take back their sacred city he surrendered months ago and they want it back by hook or crook!!! It is not negotiable! Period, all said!!! Ok tiger! Let’s go!!! Go get’em!!! You’re doing good so far and no slacking off is allowed!!!

  3. There is another news today from here in the USA which I found so exhilarating to me. I read the news about the mayoral election result at the city of South Portland, Maine. That city has elected the first black person as its mayor. That person is not only black but also a Muslim and a Somali American. Also that person is not only black, Muslim and a Somali American but also a woman. Wait a minute! They were not done yet. That city happens to be inhabited by more than 90% white people. Our precious sister’s name is Deqa Dhalac, Mayor Deqa Dhalac, that is. I hope members of sisters and brothers of the Somali Diaspora will read this comment by this beyond-repair Afro-centric and deliver my deeply heartfelt congratulations to my/our Sister Mayor Deqa Dhalac on her ground braking, trail blazing election. The news of your election has made my day. I’m good now! I’m good for a month!!! Here is the link of the news about her election:

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