Shooting to Seal a Peace

Ethiopia secures a victory that may at last end its long war against neighboring Eritrea

There's not much left of Zalambessa. Shops have been flattened and the roofs and front walls of houses ripped down, revealing brightly colored interiors. Ethiopia says the town was destroyed two years ago, when Eritrean soldiers invaded Ethiopia and stripped the buildings in this small town of tin roofing and wooden doors to use in their trenches. Pastoral scenes painted on walls, however, were still in place last week when Ethiopian troops finally retook the town. The military operation was an important one: using a well-orchestrated pincer movement, Ethiopian generals squeezed the Eritrean army like a tube of toothpaste, forcing the...

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