No mobile phone network this morning but it's back, internet throttled right back in Chad.
More info on the situation in Chad from this well informed website
Le maréchal Idriss Déby Itno est mort en guerrier. Selon l’armée tchadienne qui a annoncé l’information à la télévision d’État, le Président qui...lignesdedefense.blogs.ouest-france.fr
Marshal Idriss Déby Itno died as a warrior.
According to the Chadian army, which broke the news on state television, the recently re-elected president died of "injuries received at the front". "The President of the Republic, Head of State, Supreme Head of the Armed Forces, Idriss Déby Itno, has just had his last breath in defending territorial integrity on the battlefield. It is with deep bitterness that we announce to the Chadian people the death on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 of Marshal of Chad ", announced the spokesman of the army, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna.
The front in question is located 300 km north of the capital N’Djamena.
On Saturday, intense fighting pitted the Chadian army and a column of rebels advancing towards the capital N’Djamena. This Libyan-based rebel group, the Front pour la alternance et la concorde au Tchad (FACT), had advanced south after attacking a border post.
According to army spokesman Azem Bermendao Agouna, Chadian government forces halted the rebel advance in a battle that took place on Saturday in Kanem province, about 300 km from N’Djamena. Five government soldiers were killed and 36 others injured.
On the rebel side, the losses would have been much heavier: N’Djamena speaks of more than 300 rebels killed and 150 prisoners. Information difficult to verify. However, videos show dozens of rebels captured by government troops, just as they also show drops of equipment and ammunition that could only have been carried out by France.
On Monday evening, a meeting between Déby and the FACT leaders would have taken place in Mao, north of the capital. This meeting would have degenerated into a pitched battle causing the death of Déby and four of his generals.
This death caused the dissolution of the Assembly and the establishment of a military body (the Transitional Military Council, CMT) which ensures power.
It is headed by one of the Marshal's sons: General Mahamat Déby Itno (37), who commands the Presidential Guard.
Déby, 68, a career soldier who seized power in 1990 following a coup d'état, promoted to the rank of Marshal last August, had just been re-elected for a 6-year term with 79.32% of the votes cast, according to provisional results announced Monday evening by the national electoral body.
The Chadian president was often considered a stabilizing element in a tormented region even if the turbulent Déby mistreated his world and especially his opponents.
But it appeared to be the stabilizing element of a tormented region, with states as failed as Libya, the Central African Republic or Sudan. And when the fire burned in the Sahel and in Central Africa, he answered present, unleashing his warriors who can be found today in Mali in the UN ranks and in those of the Joint Force of the G5 Sahel.
I have been ranting about this for years.
There are cuttings from newspapers from the early 2000's in the Arabic textbooks I was using decrying the lack of language teaching at the time. I chuckle when I look at them now.
The decimation of Modern Language departments at Uni is a sight to behold.
كل مشكلة ولها حل
(Every Problem Has a Solution).
ان شاء الله