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Vol 40 No 9

Published 30th April 1999


Eritrea

World-class war

UN envoy Mohammed Sahnoun mediates while the world ignores its biggest war

With more than half a million troops deployed along the disputed border and tens of thousands of casualties in fighting so far this year, the Ethiopia-Eritrea war is the world's biggest war - although most of the world doesn't seem to have noticed. Modern weapons have been used with the trench tactics of World War I - heavy artillery barrages, followed by infantry assaults (with tank support where possible) and air attacks.

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