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Hostilities Escalate in Horn of Africa War

Yesterday morning, Ethiopian bombers struck at the Eritrean capital of Asmara for the first time since the Ethiopia/ Eritrea war began two years ago. This surprise attack came in the wake of Eritrea's commitment last week to withdraw from all of the disputed territories along the border between the two Horn of Africa nations. The bombing is the latest example of the military escalation initiated by Ethiopia two weeks ago in an effort to bring a swift end to the war. While Eritrean forces have kept president Isaias's recent promise to withdraw from purported Ethiopian territory, they continue to engage in fierce fighting with Ethiopian forces that have moved into indisputably Eritrean lands. As a result, Western diplomats and UN officials are not optimistic that a quick end to the conflict is in sight, especially since the terms of a peace agreement brokered by the Organisation of African Unity have been largely ignored by both sides.
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