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noel di pietro 4 Feb 2008 18:35

Rebels in Chad and shooting in N'Djamena
 
According news of today, rebels have entered the capital N'Djamena and the presidents residence is under siege. The streets are full of tanks and there is heavy fighting.

BBC NEWS | Africa | Q&A: Chad rebellion

In short, not a place to go right now and surely a place to avoid!!

Cheers,
Noel
exploreafrica.web-log.nl

Richard Washington 4 Feb 2008 21:14

UN Mandate today (4th Feb) should now allow the French troops in Chad to pile in on the government side. Over the weekend they could only help foreign nationals evacuate. With the size of the French force available (together with the mirage air cover), what was looking to be a drawn out tussle may end more quickly - for now at least.

Walkabout 4 Feb 2008 22:56

Maybe, maybe not
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Richard Washington (Post 172714)
UN Mandate today (4th Feb) should now allow the French troops in Chad to pile in on the government side. Over the weekend they could only help foreign nationals evacuate. With the size of the French force available (together with the mirage air cover), what was looking to be a drawn out tussle may end more quickly - for now at least.

Maybe, but the real problem is over the border in Darfur:-
BBC NEWS | Africa | France faces tough choices over Chad

Richard Washington 5 Feb 2008 10:01

Quote:

Originally Posted by Richard Washington (Post 172714)
UN Mandate today (4th Feb) should now allow the French troops in Chad to pile in on the government side. Over the weekend they could only help foreign nationals evacuate. With the size of the French force available (together with the mirage air cover), what was looking to be a drawn out tussle may end more quickly - for now at least.

- what was looking to be a drawn out tussle may end more quickly - i.e. the scrap over the presidential palace in the capital.

Dafur problems won't go away quickly. They're bound up in the 4 decade long Sudan civil war. The extent to which Dafur washes over into NDjamena is an issue though and for anyone wanting to travel there, this is a key thing - along with the stance taken by the lawless BET region.


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