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The Ethiopian RevolutionWar in the Horn of Africa$
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Gebru Tareke

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300141634

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300141634.001.0001

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. Af Abet: Ethiopia's Dlenbienphu?

. Af Abet: Ethiopia's Dlenbienphu?

(p.247) 8. Af Abet: Ethiopia's Dlenbienphu?
The Ethiopian Revolution

Gebru Tareke

Yale University Press

After years of engaging the Ethiopian military in a bitter war, the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) secured a resounding victory on March 19, 1988, at Af Abet. On that day, the rebels destroyed the most formidable garrison in northern Eritrea, setting off a series of events that would lead to total victory three years later. Aside from their cunning and ingenuity, the rebels took advantage of a long-simmering crisis in the Ethiopian army. While the battle of Nakfa ensured the continuity of the nationalist struggle, Af Abet severely degraded the military's ability to wage war against insurgency, resulting in the demise of the dictatorship and concomitant Eritrean independence. The end came for the Ethiopian military in 1990 at Massawa, the third most crucial battle between government forces and the Eritrean insurgents.

Keywords:   military, war, Eritrean People's Liberation Front, Af Abet, Eritrea, insurgency, dictatorship, independence, Massawa

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