On the intractability of the Ethiopian war

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In a sudden development in the Ethiopian war, on 19 December the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) ordered their forces to withdraw from the neighbouring regions of Afar and Amhara and to return inside Tigray’s borders, calling for peace talks with the Ethiopian government. Immediately afterwards the federal government announced the military operation against the TPLF was over, having achieved its main objective: defeat of the Tigrayan fighters and their allies who had been advancing towards the capital in recent weeks. The secret behind this sharp turnaround is the Ethiopian army’s use …

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