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Vol 45 No 8

Published 16th April 2004


Rebels all round

President Déby looks vulnerable but the French and American governments see no credible alternative

The global 'War on Terror' arrived in Chad in early March when a heavily armed column of Algeria's Groupe Salafiste de Prédication et de Combat (GSPC), turned up unexpectedly in the Wour region of the Tibesti. Led by Amari Saïfi, known as Abdelrazak 'Le Para' due to his background as a master sergeant in the Algerian special forces (AC Vol 45 No 5), it was engaged ­ equally improbably ­ by regular units of the Armée Nationale Tchadienne (ANT), which previously had been incapable of dealing with the rather less fearsome Mouvement pour la Justice et la Démocratie au Tchad (MDJT).

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