Terrorism & Insurgency

Restored relations with Israel increase likelihood of jihadist suicide attacks in Chadian capital and targeting of peacekeepers

21 January 2019


On 20 January, Chad and Israel restored diplomatic relations, broken in 1972, during a day-long trip to the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

This followed a visit to Jerusalem in November by Chadian President Idriss Déby, who spoke of a “new era of cooperation”, while expressing continued support for the Palestinian cause. Chadian opposition parties criticised the visit for its secrecy and lack of prior consultation. Also on 20 January, 10 Chadian UN peacekeepers were killed by armed men who attacked their base in the Malian town of Aguelhoc; the attack was later claimed by the jihadist Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM) front, citing resumed Chadian-Israeli relations.

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