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Following Eritrea's declaration of independence in April 1993, the Ethiopian military force was reduced to about 352,500, down from about 438,000 under former President Mengistu Haile Mariam. Prior to Eritrea's independence, the forces were split between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Most of the soldiers were demobilized after a new coalition government took office...

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