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Vol 49 No 4

Published 15th February 2008


Chad

Déby – caught between Paris and Khartoum

President Déby's struggle for survival is not over and its outcome will have huge regional ramifications

The 4 February attack on Ndjamena was carefully timed. The rebels and their sponsors in Sudan's National Congress (National Islamic Front) regime in Khartoum had spotted growing dissent within President Idriss Déby Itno's own security forces and feared that outside intervention could strengthen him. After four years of trying to undermine Déby, Sudan hoped to block the deployment of the European Union protection force, EUFOR, in eastern Chad and north-eastern Central African Republic. Endorsed by the United Nations Security Council, EUFOR is regarded in the region as a French-led initiative to prop up Déby and undermine Sudan's NC (NIF).

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