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Tigray Leader Orders Forces to Retreat to Northern Ethiopia

  • Decision is major development in country’s 13-month civil war
  • Withdrawal aimed at creating opening for peace: Debretsion

The leader of dissident Tigrayan fighters who’ve been battling Ethiopian federal troops for the past 13 months said he’d ordered a strategic withdrawal in a bid to end the nation’s civil war.

The announcement marks a significant development in the conflict and comes after government soldiers recaptured towns in the Afar and Amhara regions seized by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front since June. TPLF President Debretsion Gebremichael ordered his forces to retreat to within the northern Tigray region’s borders.