A Historic Victory of the Tigray Defense Forces”Unyielding Spirit, Unmatched Victory”Introduction

Mekelle፡ 28 June 2024 (Tigray Herald)

By Yerga Yaecobe

Reflections on Operation Alula: A Historic Victory of the Tigray Defense Forces
“Unyielding Spirit, Unmatched Victory”

Operation Alula Aba Nega, commonly referred to as Operation Alula, stands as a monumental chapter in the history of the Tigray War. This decisive counter-offensive by the Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) against the Ethiopian military and its allies marked not only a significant military victory but also a profound testament to the enduring spirit and resilience of the Tigrayan people.

The Context of Operation Alula

Named after the legendary Tigrayan General Alula Aba Nega, the operation was launched in response to aggressive incursions by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces, along with Amhara militias, into Tigray. The invaders aimed to subjugate the region, undermining its autonomy and inflicting severe atrocities on its population. However, the TDF, fueled by a deep-seated sense of justice and the heroic traditions of the Tigrayan military, mounted a formidable resistance.

The Turning Point: Retaking Mekelle

On June 28, 2021, the TDF achieved a significant milestone by retaking Mekelle, the capital of Tigray. This victory was not just a tactical success but a strategic masterstroke that altered the course of the conflict. The TDF’s ability to reclaim their city from the occupying forces demonstrated their military prowess and the unyielding determination of the Tigrayan people.

A Victory for the Ages

Operation Alula is regarded as one of the greatest military victories of the 21st century. It showcased the effectiveness of the TDF’s strategies and their superior understanding of the terrain and local dynamics. Despite being outnumbered and facing a coalition of well-armed adversaries, the TDF’s triumph underscored that the righteousness of their cause and their unwavering commitment to their homeland were decisive factors.

Global Recognition and Media Coverage

The international media extensively covered the TDF’s victory, highlighting its significance in the global geopolitical landscape. Major news outlets reported on the swift and decisive nature of Operation Alula, noting its impact on the broader conflict. The Guardian described it as a “stunning comeback” for the Tigray forces, while Al Jazeera emphasized the operational brilliance and resilience of the TDF. The New York Times noted the operation’s role in reshaping the power dynamics in the Horn of Africa. The Economist suggested that their victory may reshape Ethiopia—and the region. Other prominent sources like BBC and The Hill Times also praised Tigray’s maneuver action plan that routed Abiy’s allied forces.

The Legacy of Tigrayan Values

Operation Alula is more than a military achievement; it is a reflection of the deep-rooted Tigrayan values and national identity. For over a thousand years, the people of Tigray have maintained a strong sense of unity and purpose, which was vividly demonstrated in this operation. The victory was a collective effort that showcased the Tigrayan spirit of sacrifice, resilience, and strategic acumen.

Acknowledging the Heroes

The success of Operation Alula would not have been possible without the bravery and dedication of the TDF soldiers. These heroes, many of whom sacrificed their lives, have left an indelible mark on history. Their actions ensured the survival and continued resistance of the Tigrayan people against overwhelming odds.


Operation Alula will be remembered as a defining moment in the history of Tigray and a significant event in world military history. It highlighted the power of a just cause, the strength of national identity, and the effectiveness of a determined and well-led defense force. As we reflect on this historic victory, we honor the courage and sacrifices of the TDF and the enduring spirit of the Tigrayan people.
TDF The Habit Of Excellence.
Thank You TDF.for your Great services.

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