World Politics Review: Chad Rebel Uprising Fizzles, but Security Remains Elusive

30.06.08

Categorie: Africa, Axe in Chad |

Three weeks after Chadian rebels mounted their third major challenge this year to President Idriss Déby’s troubled regime, the fighting has dwindled to a few isolated gunfights on the barren eastern border with Sudan.

Instead of the regime-toppling attack that the Sudan-based rebels promised in their press releases — something akin to their February offensive that reached downtown N’Djamena on the country’s western border — the spring attacks apparently never reached more than 50 miles inside Chad. In mid-June, rebels briefly occupied a number of towns, only to depart hours later regardless of whether the Chadian army offered up any resistance. Governor Ramadan Erdebou of Biltine, a town of 25,000 just north of the major eastern city of Abeche, said rebels arrived in his town one morning at 11 a.m., and left around 6 p.m. Chadian soldiers showed up, too, only to evacuate after a four-hour stay.

N’Djamena claims its forces have killed more than 100 rebels since fighting began, although this is impossible to verify. A European transport plane, perhaps belonging to the EU peacekeeping force in Eastern Chad, landed in N’Djamena recently carrying around 60 wounded Chadian troops, including some child soldiers and the crew of a Hind attack helicopter that the rebels shot down (pictured) outside Abeche during the early hours of their offensive, according to witnesses at the scene.

The fleeting nature and relatively modest scale of the fighting belies an important new chapter in Chad’s persistent civil conflict, which overlaps with ongoing rebellions in Chad’s neighbors Sudan and Central African Republic. This spring, the 4,000-strong EUFOR peacekeeping force began deploying small groups of troops to several towns in the east, including Abeche, with a U.N. mandate to protect aid workers and Chad’s 250,000 Darfuri refugees. The rebel uprising marked EUFOR’s first major test.

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5 Responses to “World Politics Review: Chad Rebel Uprising Fizzles, but Security Remains Elusive”

  1. [...] Blogger/journalist David Axe writes from Chad that Three weeks after Chadian rebels mounted their third major challenge this year to President Idriss Déby’s troubled regime, the fighting has dwindled to a few isolated gunfights on the barren eastern border with Sudan. [...]

  2. 222 says:

    It looks like the rebels may have read the I report and bugged out to a cross border safe zone for now. Jerry is on the run. Like in Afhgnistan and Pakistan as wellas Syria Iraq and Iran scenarios, we will need international cooperation at this point as I had stressed in prior letters. The other african nations who want to be rid of these criminals need to speak up and allow border crossing to chs\ase down the insurgencies if we deem they are in area.

  3. 222 says:

    As for the climate change in Africa as well in chad, we need to focus in on engineering projects that will stabalize the water supply even in off seasons. Trench diggers, bulldozers, pipes, cement, laboreres, engineers, schematics all are words we need to think about here. As for the cross border analysis , the post above covers that very well. I had read it after my post and it is a very true statement. Sudan, more than likely is where they will recruit.

  4. [...] I’m not the only one who’s interested in Chad. The U.S. government and private American citizens are the biggest donors to Chad’s enormous refugee society — half a million displaced people plus thousands of aid workers spending hundreds of millions of donated dollars per year. And the European Union has picked Chad to test out its growing military might. 4,000 peacekeepers are deploying to protect refugees and aid workers. [...]

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