Terrorism & Insurgency

Rebel incursion risks Chad's partial withdrawal from regional counter-terrorism operations, but unlikely to threaten president's position

13 February 2019

Chad's military announced on 9 February that it had captured over 250 militants from Union des Forces de la Résistance (UFR) after French and Chadian warplanes targeted a UFR column of 40-50 pickup trucks that crossed into northern Chad from their base in southern Libya in late January. The UFR column advanced over 400 km into Chad before being targeted by Chadian warplanes on 1-2 February. Unable to stop the advance, President Idriss Déby requested French support from Operation Barkhane forces based in the Chadian capital N'Djamena. French Mirage 2000 jets conducted several airstrikes between 3 and 6 February, including in the Amdjarass area, destroying at least 20 vehicles and killing an unknown number of militants.

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