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Renewed fighting reported in the Amhara region of Ethiopia 

Amhara region fighting
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Toronto – An intense fighting between Fano forces and government soldiers reported in the Wogera, North Gondar, area of the Amhara region of Ethiopia. Sources with links on the ground cited Fano forces as saying that government forces suffered serious casualties and dozens were captured.

Multiple local sources report that there have also been fighting in Gojjam, Shoa and parts of Wollo. 

A new video footage released on Saturday , circulating among Ethiopians on X page , purportedly shows hundreds of captured government forces in a mountainous area – possibly Gondar. 

The Ethiopian government has not confirmed or denied the story. This past week, there has been news that the Ethiopian government is working on a military plan to finalize the military operation within three weeks but it does not seem to be happening.

The state of emergency in the Amhara region that was extended in February will be ending this month. The military operation which the Federal government officially launched in August 2023 was intended to disarm Fano forces but it is said to have rather undesired consequences. Fano forces are more armed than before, and their numbers are also growing. 

When Abiy Ahmed made what is said to be a 17 minutes visit to Bahir Dar – seat of the Amhara region – under the guise of inaugurating a newly completed bridge project, he called on “brothers in the jungle to come and work with Arega Kebede [the region’s president]” – in a way confirming the Fano forces are still active. A tight security arrangement for his visit to Bahir Dar was observed and he was reportedly flown by a helicopter to the area. 

Earlier this week, the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ervin Massinga, made a “policy speech,” in which he advised the Ethiopian government to rethink its security response to the complex political problems in the country. The Ambassador also called for Fano forces to resort to negotiation.   

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  1. Who wrote this report? Is resumption of war in the mentioned region being reported as good or encouraging news? It sounds like that. It also tries to mock the US Ambassador for advising dialogues as if he made a ‘policy speech’. Why so much hatred for everything the USA tries to bring peace to that country and region? It all points to this stupid view that the current geopolitics is being dictated by unipolarity, meaning all power is consolidated at the hands of only one superpower. I had seen some individuals making fools of themselves saying that. Unipolar, multipolar? Get a life!!!

    But someone is having a ball by the news of war in Amhara regions young men and women losing their Allah blessed lives. They go, ‘war has resumed in Amhara region! Yay! They do that from their safe home here among us. I have said this to those young people who were bamboozled to take to the bushes by smart alecks and bigots both in Oromia and Amhara regions and I am gonna say it again. Drop your guns and go back to your loved ones. Your leaders will use you to yank away a territory and make it their personal fiefdom. They will never bring peace, stability and inviolable rights under the law of the land. They will make the law but they remain above the law. And I can tell you this with all certainty. Since the American War of Independence, there is never been a single armed group that brought democratic governance to a territory it ‘liberated’. Not one. I don’t have to prove it to you. All you have to do is just look around. I am not talking about those who fought dehumanizing colonialism. Even those from Africa never turned out to be any better than the colonizers.

    You have to recognize one common attribute of leaders of armed groups. They have this unquenchable thirst for political power. That is the reverse of what the character Tony Montana said in Scarface in which he told us to make money first and ‘you gotta apower’. No, that does not work for them. For these rifle-hugger-muggers, political power comes first and owning and controlling the economy will follow. That has been what happened in Africa from the shores of The Atlantic and to The Indian Ocean. It has been a revolving door from one bloodthirsty despot to another. I am not calling names but some of them seem to have anchored their feet at the palace with an irremovable concrete. They even are talking about dynasty. Again, I’m calling names but I’m just saying. Keep that in mind and remember what I’m telling you here now. Put pressure on your leaders for a dialogue and if they don’t oblige, just go back to your loved ones.

    I say this to everyone in charge of the government. You have proved the power of your muscle and enough with that. I am not that naïve enough to believe that the addiction of muscle toting that has swept the continent of Africa since 1952 has not reached/infected your quarter. That did not work for Mengistu with more than 3 billion dollars worth of the luster ammo from Moscow and more than a million man of hard drilled army. It did not work for those who think they the ‘Gold Race’ after him who had everything to themselves. It did not work for them either. They were tossed away like a used and worn out shoes just by the might of unarmed protesting civilians. They thought they had built their empire that will last for a thousand years but they were chased out of town in a heartbeat. Learn a hard lesson from your predecessors. Being armed to the teeth ain’t gonna work. Even in those dark ages it did not work for Genghis Khan, Attila The Hun, Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, Idi Amin, Jean-Bédel Bokassa and you name it. For Putin and the commies in Beijing, it will be just a matter of time. You know what happened to the commies in Kremlin in 1991 after 75 years in unchallenged power with sky high nuclear arsenal. Keep that in mind and go ballistic on dialogue. I commended you for betting and waging peace with those in leadership of the TPLF and you should do the same with those in Amhara and Oromia regions.

    Blessings to all of you and your families!

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