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April 27, 1998 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Qudusam Sile was only 15 when she fired an AK-47 assault rifle for the first time. The tiny, ponytailed Eritrean was not much older when she killed the first of a dozen Ethiopian troops. During Africa's longest war of independence, Sile in turn took bullets in the back, leg and hand. "I was willing to do anything, to kill and even to die, to free Eritrea," she said with neither bravado nor guilt.
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April 27, 1998 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Qudusam Sile was only 15 when she fired an AK-47 assault rifle for the first time. The tiny, ponytailed Eritrean was not much older when she killed the first of a dozen Ethiopian troops. During Africa's longest war of independence, Sile in turn took bullets in the back, leg and hand. "I was willing to do anything, to kill and even to die, to free Eritrea," she said with neither bravado nor guilt.
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June 1, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG and ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The two-year war over a strip of parched, largely uninhabited borderland in the Horn of Africa for which tens of thousands of soldiers have fought and died is over, Ethiopia declared Wednesday, proclaiming total victory over Eritrea. "As of today, we have verified that all our territories have been cleared [of] the invading army," Prime Minister Meles Zenawi told a meeting of foreign diplomats here. "As far as we are concerned, today the war is over."
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