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Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by Nobody: 11:57pm On Jun 28

A destroyed tank in Ethiopia’s Tigray region last month.Credit...Ben Curtis/Associated Press

MEKELLE, Ethiopia — In a major turn in Ethiopia’s eight-month civil war in the northern Tigray region, Tigrayan fighters began entering the regional capital Monday night after Ethiopian government troops retreated from the city.

The Ethiopian military has occupied the Tigray region since last November, after invading in cooperation with Eritrean and militia forces to wrest control from the regional government. The Tigrayan forces, known as the Tigray Defense Forces, spent months regrouping and recruiting new fighters, and then in the past week began a rolling counterattack back toward the capital, Mekelle.

New York Times journalists in Mekelle saw thousands of residents take to the streets on Monday night, waving flags and shooting off fireworks after hearing that Tigrayan forces had advanced to the city.

The Tigrayans’ rapid advance was a significant setback for the government of Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, who had declared when he sent his forces into the restive Tigray region last year that the operation would be over in a matter of weeks.
Sisay Hagos, a 36-year-old who was celebrating in Mekelle on Monday, said: “They invaded us. Abiy is a liar and a dictator, but he is defeated already. Tigray will be an independent country!”

A senior interim official who had been installed in Tigray by the federal government confirmed that Tigrayan forces had entered the city and had seized control of the airport and telecommunications network. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid reprisals.

Ethiopia’s government said Monday that it had called a unilateral cease-fire in Tigray. It was not immediately clear, however, whether Tigrayan forces had accepted the truce.

Refugees and international observers have accused the invading forces of wide-ranging atrocities, including ethnic cleansing, and of pushing the region to the brink of famine.

But from the outset, the party in control of Tigray’s regional government, known as the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, or T.P.L.F., which for many years was the ruling party in Ethiopia, has vowed to resist.

Soldiers belonging to the Ethiopian National Defense Forces were seen leaving Mekelle in vehicles throughout the day on Monday, some of them with looted materials, according to international and aid workers. Soldiers also entered the compound of Unicef and the World Food Program, and disconnected the internet, they said. Shops in the city closed early.

On Monday afternoon, the headquarters of the interim government in Tigray were eerily deserted. The only person in the building was a woman working in the cafeteria while her children played on a phone.

Outside the building, federal police officers were seen throwing their belongings onto waiting buses and hastily getting ready to leave.

At the Axum Hotel, where some of the interim leaders had been staying, a receptionist said that the officials had checked out on Sunday and left. By Monday, some of them were already back in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The Ethiopian government has kept up a harsh communications blackout from Tigray, and for months it was unclear what was going on in the region aside from scattered reports of continued fighting, and a growing stream of reports of rape, extrajudicial killings and other atrocities as victims came into Mekelle for treatment.

That shifted over the past week, as escalating violence and troop movements in Tigray made clear that the Tigrayan forces were on the counterattack. Heavy weapons were part of the fighting on both sides, and key towns reportedly changed hands among Ethiopian, Eritrean and Tigrayan forces, U.N. security documents show.

Last Tuesday, dozens of people were killed when a government airstrike hit a market in another part of Tigray and killed dozens of people, medics and witnesses said, in one of the deadliest single incidents of the eight-month civil war.

Just a day later, Tigrayan rebels struck back, downing an Ethiopian Air Force C-130 cargo plane as it approached Mekelle. In the days since, reports of rebel victories and Ethiopian government retreats began increasing.

Ethiopian forces reportedly abandoned a number of strategic positions around Adigrat, Abiy Adiy and in several locations in southern Tigray. The rebels also say they have captured several thousand Ethiopian soldiers and are holding them as prisoners of war.

Though the Tigrayans appear to have the upper hand, for now, around Mekelle, the picture in the rest of the region is still murky.

Despite Eritrea’s announcement in March that it would withdraw its forces from Tigray, Eritrean troops have continued to be a factor in the fighting. Eritrean forces have been spotted by aid workers throughout the Tigray Region, from towns in the far north west to dwellings in central areas of the region, where they have bolstered federal forces loyal to Mr. Abiy for months.

It was also unclear whether diplomatic efforts by other countries were having an effect on the action in Tigray. On Saturday, Ethiopia’s deputy prime minister, Demeke Mekonnen, met with several senior diplomats from Britain, Germany, the United States and Spain in Addis Ababa, according to two diplomats briefed on the talks. The diplomats said those talks did not reach any consensus on the need for a cease-fire in Tigray.


An Ethiopian soldier near a military truck that was destroyed in fighting in the Tigray region in December.Credit...Eduardo Soteras/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Getachew Reda, an executive member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, said in a telephone interview last week that Tigrayan forces — which have mushroomed with thousands of new volunteers — had gone on the offensive, targeting four Ethiopian army divisions.

“We have launched an offensive at the divisions which we believed were critical,” Mr. Getachew said. “At the same time, they have abandoned many towns and cities.”

Declan Walsh reported from Mekelle, Ethiopia, and Simon Marks from Brussels, Belgium.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/28/world/asia/tigray-mekelle-ethiopia-retreat.html

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by AstralBody: 12:08am On Jun 29
First to comment!!gringringrin

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by panco: 12:08am On Jun 29
[quote author=FreedomWinsNow post=103180787][/quote]Nawaooo problem no the finish
Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by tillaman(m): 12:11am On Jun 29
Abel Makonnen Tesfaye for president

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by Akudaisi: 12:18am On Jun 29
Nice one from the Tigray libration Army, freedom is here

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by Eastlink(m): 12:23am On Jun 29
Group with tactics, Tigray Defence Forces. Not rabble rousers without strategy led by one Supreme Leader in London.

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by samunaka: 12:42am On Jun 29
[quote author=FreedomWinsNow post=103180787][/quote]

What has this got to do with the present situation on ground, why are you posting this one here just to give your gullible followers false hope and psychological deceit, young man grow up

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by bcomputer101: 12:57am On Jun 29
I will still blame Buhari for the uprising in Ethiopia.

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by nthony10: 12:59am On Jun 29
When will Africa move past armed struggle and go the diplomatic route to settle issues. Must it be about guns and wars. It's as if we haven't learned from the devastating effects of war.

If some region want to go abeg let him go, instead of using enormous force of which you end up losing the region eventually.

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by FarahAideed: 1:14am On Jun 29
Why are Africans always fighting these insurgencies

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by IGBOSON1: 1:25am On Jun 29
nthony10:
When will Africa move past armed struggle and go the diplomatic route to settle issues. Must it be about guns and wars. It's as if we haven't learned from the devastating effects of war.

If some region want to go abeg let him go, instead of using enormous force of which you end up losing the region eventually.

They're afflicted by the Pharaoh syndrome........being stubborn, daft, deaf to reason and not being able to read the handwriting on the wall!

Going the 'Diplomatic route' doesn't work in Africa.....certainly not in Nigeria!

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by freegaza(m): 1:36am On Jun 29
They have been ruling Ethiopia since 1991 until 2018. They are well prepared and can definitely hold on, I also read somewhere they once fought the government of Ethiopia for 15 years

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by hedonido: 3:07am On Jun 29
freegaza:
They have been ruling Ethiopia since 1991 until 2018. They are well prepared and can definitely hold on, I also read somewhere they once fought the government of Ethiopia for 15 years


That's the most important point. Having ruled for so long and fortified themselves with the resulting benefits of controlling state power, they accumulated enough resources that empowered them for this sort of war.

That's the critical difference between them and the Igbos here for instance. If anything, it's the Fulanis that are in a comparable position.

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by Kenistry(m): 3:49am On Jun 29
hedonido:


That's the most important point. Having ruled for so long and fortified themselves with the resulting benefits of controlling state power, they accumulated enough resources that empowered them for this sort of war.

That's the critical difference between them and the Igbos here for instance. If anything, it's the Fulanis that are in a comparable position.

The difference is that they won the war(which they would have used the opportunity to free themselves but greed did not allow then to see clearly, now they're fighting to free themselves again) but we lost the civil war (that's why Nigeria is killing our people ever since).
Are we going to stay defeated? Never!! That's not the blood that runs in Igbos.

We keep rising up and must free ourselves from our oppressors (Nigeria) even if we have to fight again and again.

It's Biafra or Death!!!

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by cocolacec(m): 3:50am On Jun 29
hedonido:


That's the most important point. Having ruled for so long and fortified themselves with the resulting benefits of controlling state power, they accumulated enough resources that empowered them for this sort of war.

That's the critical difference between them and the Igbos here for instance. If anything, it's the Fulanis that are in a comparable position.

The Tigrays also had the support of Eritrea which was a break away region from Ethiopia.

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by ivolt: 4:21am On Jun 29
IGBOSON1:
I wish Tigrayans' all the best! Their success in finally freeing themselves from the shackles of oppression and domination will give Biafrans' and Ambazonians' hope!
Tigrays weren't being oppressed when they ruled Ethiopia for 27 years(1991 to 2018) and concentrated
the country's resource to develop their region while neglecting others.

They even fought a bloody civil war against Eritrean independence and subdued other tribes who wants independence while
they were in power.

Just 2 years after losing out power in a democratic process and the Tigrays suddenly realized they are being oppressed and wants out.

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by ivolt: 4:24am On Jun 29
nthony10:
When will Africa move past armed struggle and go the diplomatic route to settle issues. Must it be about guns and wars. It's as if we haven't learned from the devastating effects of war.

If some region want to go abeg let him go, instead of using enormous force of which you end up losing the region eventually.
Yeah, blame Africa for what every other country will do when provoked.
Go and declare an armed independence state within a US territory and see what you get.

Most civil wars end up in failure by the way.

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by koondog: 4:43am On Jun 29
Naajjii:
Biafra this is how to fight for freedom not the rag tag ESN terrorist that depends on native doctors charm to fight the govt and later go back to behead the native doctor.

Afonja

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by Almaigaa: 5:03am On Jun 29
bcomputer101:
I will still blame Buhari for the uprising in Ethiopia.

Buhari no send you grin

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by wiseone28: 5:20am On Jun 29
This thread will be more of a motivational topic to some than a news... grin

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by Biafrannuke: 6:02am On Jun 29
Eastlink:
Group with tactics, Tigray Defence Forces. Not rabble rousers without strategy led by one Supreme Leader in London.
.
Biafra this is how to fight for freedom not the rag tag ESN terrorist that depends on native doctors charm to fight the govt and later go back to behead the native doctor.
You all can say that without crying
Whether you like it or not, new nations will soon grin be born in Africa which includes Biafra.

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by Boudiccao: 6:07am On Jun 29
Eastlink:
Group with tactics, Tigray Defence Forces. Not rabble rousers without strategy led by one Supreme Leader in London.


Victory doesn't happen in a day, it took Tigray forces months to achieve this feat.
If you like keep making fun of Kanu, he is a better and braver man than you will ever be.

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by techWriter2: 6:11am On Jun 29
Nice two from the Tigray lagrangian Army free is here

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by ruggedtimi(m): 6:12am On Jun 29
Na wa
Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by Yankee101: 6:16am On Jun 29
Africa and wars
Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by Boudiccao: 6:17am On Jun 29
hedonido:


That's the most important point. Having ruled for so long and fortified themselves with the resulting benefits of controlling state power, they accumulated enough resources that empowered them for this sort of war.

That's the critical difference between them and the Igbos here for instance. If anything, it's the Fulanis that are in a comparable position.


You are not making sense. Fulanis have control of power which they can use judiciously to better the lives of their people, set up a solid ranching system, uplift their people from poverty and increase the literacy level yet all the Fulani wants is to conquer West Africans and grab lands and resources of indigenous people.
They are not in a better advantage than anyone. Most Nigerian are not yet ready to fight them, the day people get fed up you will know that people can import weapons from anywhere.
The Igbos are not going to fold their hands just because others are not yet ready to fight.
Victory and freedom doesn't come easily.

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by ruggedtimi(m): 6:18am On Jun 29
nthony10:
When will Africa move past armed struggle and go the diplomatic route to settle issues. Must it be about guns and wars. It's as if we haven't learned from the devastating effects of war.

If some region want to go abeg let him go, instead of using enormous force of which you end up losing the region eventually.
the worst part is when those regions eventually gets independent a fresh war starts again amongst themselves. Na Africa youths I dey pity pass.

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Re: Tigray: Ethiopian Army Retreats As Rebels Enter The Capital by Biafrannuke: 6:19am On Jun 29
Boudiccao:



Victory doesn't happen in a day, it took Tigray forces months to achieve this feat.
If you like keep making fun of Kanu, he is a better and braver man than you will ever be.
UGM are the ones already whipping their military in the ass. If push ever comes to shove, they'll retreat faster than Ethiopian army.

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