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Post by shammy on Sun Feb 03, 2008 4:32 pm

3rd February,2008

Chad's President Idriss Deby was personally directing his troops' battle against rebel soldiers in the capital city N'Djamena Sunday as more foreign nationals prepared to flee the north African country.

The violence has opened up a new conflict next to Sudan's wartorn Darfur region, where more than 200,000 people have died since early 2003 and 2.5 million people have been chased into refugee camps.

The deployment of a planned European peacekeeping mission to Chad and neighboring Central African Republic has also been suspended, France's defense minister said in Paris, according to French media reports.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 rebel soldiers armed with rifles were moving around N'Djamena on Sunday in pickup trucks as the Chadian troops used helicopters against them, said Christophe Prazuck, a spokesman with the French Defense Department in Paris.

Although the rebels claimed to have trapped President Deby, who himself seized power in a rebel uprising in 1990, in his palace, they were driven away as troops made advances Sunday, Prazuck said.

However, Prazack told The Associated Press: "Nobody can say who will win." France, the former colonial power, has a long-standing military presence in Chad.

Rebels with assault weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and pickup trucks entered the capital Saturday after fighting on the city's outskirts Friday, he said.

No death toll from the fighting has been given but a U.N. security official told the French news agency AFP there were a lot of bodies in the streets, "some burned, some just hacked" to death.

The French military spokesman said the rebels crossed into Chad from Darfur in an effort to topple Deby's government.

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/02/03/chad/
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Post by shammy on Mon Feb 04, 2008 3:18 pm

4th February,2008

Rebels seeking to overthrow Chad's president have been driven out of the capital, the government has said.


The rebels say they have made a strategic withdrawal to the eastern edge of N'Djamena, after entering the city over the weekend.

Aid workers say dead bodies litter the streets, while thousands of people are fleeing the city.

The European Union has decided to delay the deployment of its peacekeeping force to Chad because of the unrest.

N'Djamena is separated from Cameroon by a bridge over the Logone-Chari river.

Thousands of people were streaming over the bridge, UNHCR spokeswoman Helene Caux told the AFP news agency.

The UN called an emergency meeting in New York to discuss the crisis and will meet again on Monday.

Before the meeting, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for a ceasefire.

A statement from his office expressed concern at the "serious humanitarian situation of some 285,000 refugees and 180,000 internally displaced persons, as well as host communities, in eastern Chad".

The Chadian government said it had quashed the rebellion.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7225571.stm
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Post by shammy on Wed Feb 06, 2008 7:58 am

6th February, 2008

France 'ready to intervene' in Chad

Chad's government controlled the capital and its immediate surroundings, the French ambassador to Chad says, adding that France is ready to intervene militarily if need be.

"Today, the city of Ndjamena is under (government) control, at least within a 10-kilometre radius," French ambassador Bruno Foucher told reporters in Ndjamena.

Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno had appeared "very confident" when they had last spoken Monday night, he says.

Foreign nationals flee

France has 1,450 troops based in Chad and Paris sent an extra 150 troops to help evacuate foreign nationals.

"Now there is a legal decision taken unanimously by the Security Council, and if Chad was the victim of an aggression, France could in theory have the means to oppose such action," he said in the French coastal town of Aytre.

"Everyone needs to think carefully about this."

UN calls for assistance

His comments came in the wake of yesterday's unanimous Security Council statement, condemning the rebel assault and calling on UN nations to provide any support requested by the Chadian government.

The document was drafted by French diplomats.

The rebels themselves announced a ceasefire today, as refugees poured into neighbouring Cameroon and Nigeria, "Aware of the suffering of the Chadian people ... the forces of national resistance have given their agreement to an immediate ceasefire," rebel spokesman Abderaman Koulamallah told AFP by satellite telephone.

http://news.sbs.com.au/worldnewsaustralia/france_39ready_to_intervene39_in_chad_539823
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