Chad: The Bloody Peace

Archives

November 11, 2010: Four former rebel leaders, thinking they had an amnesty deal, were arrested when they flew into Chad. The four included former Chad officials who went on to form the UFDD. Three years ago, four rebel groups, led by the UFDD (Union of Forces for Democracy and Development) negotiated a peace deal with the government. But this did not take, with accusations from both sides. The fighting continued until Chad and Sudan agreed to stop supporting each other's rebels. The arrest of the returning UFDD leaders will encourage other rebel leaders to keep fighting. The government appears confident it can handle any resumption of violence.

The end of the war, for the moment, has put a lot of surplus weapons on the market. Counter-terror operations have detected al Qaeda groups operating on the West Coast of Africa sending people to Chad to see about buying some of those weapons, and getting them smuggled out of the country.

Even though the 3,000 UN peacekeepers won't leave until the end of the year, bandit groups are already moving in, and raiding towns and refugee camps. The government does not appear willing to station sufficient troops along the Sudanese border to keep the bandits at bay. Week by week, until December 31st, UN security operations are being shut down in the east, and often there is nothing to replace them.

 

 

Article Archive

Chad: Current 2013 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad Help Keep Us Online!
 

Help Keep Us Afloat! Go to other sites on the World Wide Web and they look like the a mad marketer has gained control of them. Lots of ads and little content! Ad revenues are down for everyone! We don’t want to follow the crowd. But here is the deal we cannot keep our site relative ad free without your support. Each month we need your subscriptions or contributions plus what meager ad revenue we do receive to stay in business. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..

Drake appreciates any help you can give him.

Subscribe   Contribute   Close