US military says readiness to respond to conflict in Ethiopia

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US military says readiness to respond to conflict in Ethiopia

NAIROBI, Kenya – The US military stands ready to respond to the ongoing conflict in the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, a senior general told the BBC, as feuds escalate between the Tigray Defense Forces. [TDF] and the Ethiopian National Defense Forces [ENDF].

For a year now, the ENDF and TDF have been embroiled in a serious conflict after the former attacked the northern command, forcing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to deploy the army in Tigray. For nearly six months, the ENDF and its allies were accused of orchestrating the genocide in Tigray.

But since July of this year, TDF has taken the advantage over ENDF, pushing further south as calls for talks stalled. TDF even pledged to conquer Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital with the continent’s rich historical past.

And in an interview, Major General William Zana, commander of the Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, said the United States was no longer comfortable with the crisis, adding that the United States United could respond through the military to avoid the crisis.

“This is of great concern to us and our strategic partners. We may be forced to respond militarily or even force a political settlement. The most important thing, for now, is to evacuate the vulnerable before taking quick action against the team. “

He added: “The reason we must not wait is that this conflict could make things worse in Somalia or even South Sudan. We are monitoring the situation closely and God willing, we will ensure that this conflict does not escalate.

Last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken praised former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo for his concerted efforts to end the conflict. Obasanjo is the African Union envoy to the Horn of Africa and has met with Tigrayan leaders and authorities in Addis Ababa.

In a statement, TDF spokesman Getachew Reda described the negotiations between the leader of Tigray and Obasanjo as “fruitful”. However, formal negotiations have not yet started and already Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has called on citizens to take up arms against TDF.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who heads the United Nations Security Council, called on the armed forces to step up border surveillance due to “threats against the country”. He didn’t mention a specific country that might be vulnerable, but Somalia and Ethiopia are suspect.

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