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The Importance of Operation Fenkil and the Battle of Massawa in Eritrea’s History

Operation Fenkil was veritable epitome of unparalleled determination, military prowess, ingenuity and heroism of Eritrea’s popular struggle.

“Operation Fenkil (Liberation of Massawa) was the determinant event and precursor of the full liberation of Eritrea through a very arduous, three-decades long, protracted popular armed struggle that exacted heavy sacrifices. Highest tribute to Eritrea’s best sons and daughters!” – Yemane G/Meskel


Later this week, Eritreans and their leaders will descend upon Massawa to commemorate the fierce battle waged to liberate the port city during the fight for independence. The 30th anniversary of the Battle of Massawa, also called Operation Fenkil, is a time of pride, gratitude and hope. Continue reading The Importance of Operation Fenkil and the Battle of Massawa in Eritrea’s History

A Look Back at the Battle of Massawa

Commemorating Anniversary. The battle of Massawa that took place in 1990 in and around the coastal city of Massawa, through an offensive dubbed Operation Fenkil, was conducted by land and sea that successfully uprooted the derg regime and paved the way to the realization of an independent Eritrea.


After the fall of Afabet, Moscow was effectively finished with Ethiopia. The Soviet Union’s military establishment started withdrawing its advisers and stopped its shipments to Ethiopia. To keep the free flow of arms and its addiction to modern battlefield weapons going, the Ethiopian government started trading Falashas, Ethiopian Jews, for Israeli cluster bombs that would later be used to bomb residents of the port city of Massawa. Continue reading A Look Back at the Battle of Massawa

A Look Back at the Battle of Dekemhare

The final offensive to liberate Asmara began in the Dekemhare Front and that makes the battle of Dekemhare the most decisive and important one of all.


Twenty-five years ago this month, the Eritrean People’s Liberation Army (EPLA), the armed wing of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF), started making preparations for its final major offensive or “zazami quinat ዛዛሚ ኩናት” in Tigrigna to take Asmara and Assab and liberate Eritrea from the enemy.

The fall of the Nadew Command and Capture of Afabet, the largest three-day battle ever fought on the African continent where nearly 20,000 Ethiopian troops were killed or captured by the EPLF, had already started the beginning of the end of the colonial Ethiopian Army in Eritrea. Continue reading A Look Back at the Battle of Dekemhare

ካብ እከይ ተግባሮም ዘይቍጠቡ ወይጦታት ደቂ ሃገር

እዚኦም ንኣስታት ሰላሳ ዓመታት እከይ ተግባራቶም ክቕጽሉ ዘተባብዖም ብመጀመርያ ናትና ናይቶም ኣብ ጥቕኦም ዘለና ሃገራውያን ድኽመት እዩ ። 

ተስፋማርያም ሓጎስ

ሑፈይ ኣይረሳዕናዮን ኢለ ክጅምር ፤ ዝበደለ እንተ ረሰዐ ዝተበደለ ነይርስዕ።

ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ነዛ ብሓያላን ዝተመንዝዓቶ ነጻነቱ ብሰላማዊ መንገዲ ንኽረኽባ ጽዒሩ ምዃን ምስ ኣበዮ ደሙ ኵዕዩ ረዚን መስዋእቲ ከፊሉ ከምጽኣ ተገዲዱ ፡ ከፊሉ ድማ ኣምጺእዋ ። ህዝቢ ኤርትራ መንእሰያት ደቁ ሃገር ንምምጻእ በረኻ ምስ ወፈሩ ንመስዋእቲ ምዃኖም ኣዳዕዲዑ ይፈልጥ ብምንባሩ ወድኻ/ጓልካ ተሰዊኡ/ተሰዊኣ ምስ በልዎ ዕልል ዓወት ንሓፋሽ እዩ ዝበለ እምበር ድግድጊት ተዓጢቑ ወደየ ጓለየ ኣይበለን ።

እዚ ህዝቢ እዚ ካብ ታተ ዝብል ህጻን ክሳብ ብምርኩስ ዝኸይድ ሽማግለ ንሃገሩ ዝውፈን ንመስዋእቲ ድሕር ዘይብልን ህዝቢ እዩ። ኣብቲ ዝሓለፈ ናይ ሰላሳ ዓመታት ቃልሲ ንናጽነት እቲ ጉዕዞ ልሙጽ ኣይነበረን፡ እቲ ጥምጥም ኣንጻር ገዛእቲ ሓይልታትን ዓንገልቶምን ጥራይ ኣይነበረን። እቲ ዝኸፍአን ዝመረረን ኣንጻር መድሓርሓርትን ከዳዓትን ደቂ ሃገር እዩ ኔሩ። እዚ እቲ ንቓልስን ስቓይን ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ክናዋሕ ካብ ዝገበሩ ጠንቅታት እቲ ዝዓበየ እዩ ኔሩ እንተተባህለ ካብ ሓቂ ዝረሓቐ ኣይኮነን።  Continue reading ካብ እከይ ተግባሮም ዘይቍጠቡ ወይጦታት ደቂ ሃገር

Eritrea: The Cuba of Africa

Eritrea is bad example of good governance and self reliance in Africa and beyond. When Empire wanted us to believe famine is an act of God and not an act of bloody politics, countries like Eritrea that look after themselves with out aid and handouts are taken as threats. It simply upsets the neo-con picture of the West on Africa. To give a lesson to other conscious African leaders, they do everything to make sure Eritrea fail. That’s why they keep ridiculing, demonizing and trying to isolate the country and its leadership day-in, day-out.

By Thomas C Mountain,

The Cuba of Africa? Authentic journalist Andre Vltchek was the first person I heard using the expression and it started me thinking about the small east African country of Eritrea that he was referring to.

The similarities are striking. Both Cuba and Eritrea are small, independent, socialist and revolutionary. Both are suffering under sanctions by the USA and both have been maliciously accused of supporting “terrorism” by the enforcers of Pax Americana. Continue reading Eritrea: The Cuba of Africa