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New Armed Alliance Challenges Ethiopia Premier as Crisis Worsens

  • Tigray fighters agree to ally with fighters from Oromia region
  • Ethiopia labeled both groups as terror organizations in May

Ethiopia’s dissident Tigray region agreed to ally with insurgents from the nation’s most populous ethnic group, potentially deepening a nine-month conflict raging in the country’s north.

The partnership between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and the Oromo Liberation Army was agreed after talks over the past six weeks, OLA leader Kumsa Dirriba said by phone Wednesday. Getachew Reda, a senior member of the TPLF, confirmed the accord.