Bloomberg: EU Accuses Eritrean Forces of Fueling Conflict in Ethiopia

Published by Bloomberg The European Union accused Eritrean troops of fueling the months-long conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and echoed a U.S. call for their withdrawal. The presence of Eritrean forces is “exacerbating ethnic violence” in Tigray, the EU said in a statement Monday. Eritrea rejects the accusation and said the EU statement was “appalling,”Continue reading “Bloomberg: EU Accuses Eritrean Forces of Fueling Conflict in Ethiopia”

AP: US ‘directly’ presses Eritrea to withdraw forces from Tigray

Published by the Associated Press The United States says it has directly “pressed senior levels” of Eritrea’s government to immediately withdraw its troops from neighboring Ethiopia, where witnesses have described them looting and hunting down civilians in the embattled Tigray region. A State Department spokesperson in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday said Washington has conveyed “grave”Continue reading “AP: US ‘directly’ presses Eritrea to withdraw forces from Tigray”

Telegraph: Eritrea’s brutal shadow war in Ethiopia laid bare

Published by the Daily Telegraph The extent of Eritrea’s involvement in Ethiopia’s brutal civil war has been exposed after an Ethiopian general was caught on camera admitting soldiers from the secretive gulag-state had been conscripted to fight in his country. On Wednesday, a video was released on social media showing Major General Belay Seyoum, theContinue reading “Telegraph: Eritrea’s brutal shadow war in Ethiopia laid bare”

WPF: Who Will Call Out Eritrea’s War Crimes in Tigray?

Published by the World Peace Foundation Eritrea has deployed most of its army in Tigray region of Ethiopia. This is no secret. At minimum, 12 divisions have been fighting inside Tigray. At first, the United States gave Eritrea a free pass, expressing “thanks to Eritrea for not being provoked” into retaliating after a TPLF rocket attack onContinue reading “WPF: Who Will Call Out Eritrea’s War Crimes in Tigray?”

Guardian: ‘Slaughtered like chickens’: Eritrea heavily involved in Tigray conflict, say eyewitnesses

Published by the Guardian In early December, Ethiopian state television broadcast something unexpected: a fiery exchange between civilians in Shire, in the northern Tigray region, and Ethiopian soldiers, who had recently arrived in the area. To the surprise of viewers used to wartime propaganda, the Tigrayan elders spoke in vivid detail of the horrors that had befallen theContinue reading “Guardian: ‘Slaughtered like chickens’: Eritrea heavily involved in Tigray conflict, say eyewitnesses”

Guardian: Diplomats back claims Eritrean troops have joined Ethiopia conflict

Published by the Guardian A US official and other diplomatic sources have backed accusations that Eritrean soldiers are fighting alongside Ethiopian troops to help Abiy Ahmed’s government in the war on the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), complicating an already dangerous conflict. The claims made to Reuters, which interviewed several unidentified diplomats in the region and aContinue reading “Guardian: Diplomats back claims Eritrean troops have joined Ethiopia conflict”

DW: Once enemies, Ethiopia and Eritrea ally against Tigray

Published by Deutsche Welle After more than three weeks of war, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has claimed victory in his military campaign against Tigray’s ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The fierce fighting there has left thousands of civilians and security forces dead, according to the International Crisis Group. More than 40,000 people have reportedlyContinue reading “DW: Once enemies, Ethiopia and Eritrea ally against Tigray”

Guardian: Fears of regional conflict in Horn of Africa after rocket attacks on Eritrea

Published by the Guardian Risks of the increasingly bloody war in northern Ethiopia turning into a chaotic regional conflict rose sharply this weekend after rocket strikes on the airport in neighbouring Eritrea’s capital, Asmara. Multiple rockets struck Asmara on Saturday night, diplomats and informed regional observers said, though communication restrictions in Tigray and Eritrea made the reports difficult toContinue reading “Guardian: Fears of regional conflict in Horn of Africa after rocket attacks on Eritrea”

Al Jazeera: Eritrea, Tigray and Ethiopia’s brewing civil war

Published by Al Jazeera Immediately after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced in the early hours of Wednesday the beginning of military operations against the northern Tigray state, fears emerged that a prolonged conflict could reverberate across the wider region and draw in outside forces. At the heart of these concerns is Eritrea – Ethiopia’sContinue reading “Al Jazeera: Eritrea, Tigray and Ethiopia’s brewing civil war”

Quartz: Why Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki, the tactical authoritarian, might be president for life

Published by Quartz https://qz.com/africa/1924254/eritrea-authoritarian-isaias-afwerki-might-be-president-for-life/ There are few leaders as enigmatic as Eritrea’s president, Isaias Afwerki. In my book, Understanding Eritrea: Inside Africa’s Most Repressive State, I profile the president who led the country as it fought for its freedom from Ethiopia for 30 years, only to then turn on his own people. Eritrea has been independent sinceContinue reading “Quartz: Why Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki, the tactical authoritarian, might be president for life”