Terrorism & Insurgency

Intensifying fighting in northern Chad raises likelihood of troop withdrawal from regional counter-terrorism operations, reducing their effectiveness

16 November 2018


Several people were killed in a government offensive on 13 November against an armed self-defence group at Miski in northern Chad.

The security forces’ operation was led by President Idriss Déby’s son Mahamat, who heads the elite presidential guard (Direction Generale de Service et Securite des Institutions de l’Etat: DGSSIE). Fighting initially broke out in August in the gold-producing Tibesti region following incursions by Libya-based insurgents of the Conseil de Commandement Militaire pour le Salut de la République (CCMSR), but the government also wants to repulse a huge influx of artisanal miners. Local militants formed the “self-defence committee” earlier this month to counter the “punitive operation” of the army, which has deployed fighter aircraft to the region.

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