ETHIOPIA: Another Soviet Push for Power

A couple of simmering wars get a lot hotter

The echoes of Angola are unmistakable: a prolonged and bitter civil war, a Soviet airlift of arms in support of an unstable military regime, increasing numbers of Russian and Cuban advisers, ragtag battalions of tribesmen bloodying each other with modern weapons supplied by outside powers. Now the battlefield is Ethiopia and the high-stakes pawn is the strategic Horn of Africa, which commands the shipping routes through the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

After some hesitation, Moscow has jumped forcefully into the internal wars...

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