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Vol 61 No 8

Published 16th April 2020


No more heavy lifting

A disastrous attack on Chadian forces almost succeeded in breaking up the regional alliance against the jihadists

Chad was brought to the brink of giving up its regional role in fighting the Sahel jihadists after its armed forces fought battles with Boko Haram on a scale not yet seen in the insurgency in Nigeria or Chad. On 23 March, 98 Chadian soldiers were killed in an attack on army positions on the Boma peninsula in Lake Chad by Abu Musab al-Barnawi's Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction of Boko Haram. Flying in to take personal command of a counter-attack, President Idriss Déby Itno said this was the heaviest death toll ever suffered by government forces in a single engagement.

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