Opération Serval - Mali.

No mobile phone network this morning but it's back, internet throttled right back in Chad.
 

LepetitCaporal

War Hero
If true, it will have an important impact on Barkhane
Deby was a tyrant but better the tyrant you know than the one you do not
He had french backing since the begining
His likely remplacement will be his son, M.Kaka
 
More info on the situation in Chad from this well informed website


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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.
 
Another US readiness exercise, this time from Rota to Timbuktu via Niger.


U.S. Sailors and Marines assigned to Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team, Europe (FASTEUR), a part of Navy Expeditionary Combat Force Europe-Africa/Task Force (CTF) 68, stationed in Rota, Spain, traveled to Timbuktu, Mali, on April 16, 2021. The U.S. unit worked with French Operation Barkhane forces during the exercise. This latest trip to Timbuktu tested the command’s ability to rapidly move troops from Europe into West Africa.

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More info on the situation in Chad from this well informed website


Google translate

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.

Rumour is he was on board an Mi24 that went down.
 
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.

Still,

كل مشكلة ولها حل
(Every Problem Has a Solution).

ان شاء الله

:)


It seems the currently accepted solution involves bringing in enough speakers of the foreign-languages so that some of them learn a bit of english and solve the language problem.
 
Unconfirmed reports of gunfire exchanges in the presidential palace n N'Djamena last night.

The son of Idriss Déby may have been wounded or killed according to unconfirmed reports
 
Three swedish soldiers belonging to TF Takuba have been WIA by an IED 2 km from Menaka yesterday evening.

The wounds were slight, 2 soldiers are already back with their unit.

 
A lot of events in a short period in the Sahel region.

I expect the stakes to be raised by various other players in Chad. For some nations, the temptation will be strong to try and exploit the sudden disappearance of Pdt Déby to try to seduce his successor into new partnerships and basing agreements.

Regarding Op Barkhane, the French presidential elections being only a year away now, I think we can expect the announcement of a new, much smaller Op anytime between now and July with the emphasis on partnership, the attrition on the most dangerous players being maintained through air, aviation and SF.

Macron needs to bring the numbers of soldiers as well as the costs of Op Barkhane down and to present the Op as a multinational endeavour if he does not want the Sahel to play a negative role in his bid to stay in power.
 
Macron and Déby's son, Chad's new ruler.

General Déby sports the french croix de la valeur militaire he won in the field in the early stages of Op Serval in 2013 leading chadian forces in combat against jihadist groups.

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The shift of emphasis from combat to partnering is now officialised in the name of the French units deployed in Op Barkhane. The BGs are no longer called Desert BG (GTD) but GTD IPC, for "desert intervention and combat partnership tactical group".

The first one is composed of the light cavalrymen of the RICM, reinforced by detachments from the 2nd RIMa and 3rd RIMa, from the 126th RI and by the support of the 6th RG (ENG) and the 11th RAMa (ART), as explained by General Patrik Steiger, who commands the 9th Amphibious Brigade.

The general recalled that since the Pau summit on the Sahel, the emphasis has been on partnership with local forces. This is also in evidence with TF Takuba, which brings together European SF and Malian units.

From August 2020, the GTD IPC had prepared for its Op Barkhane deployment with individual and collective preparation phases and a validation of its operations center in December.

Now deployed in the Malian Gourma region, the GTD IPC trains and supports Malian units in combat. This GTD works with the Light Reconnaissance and Intervention Unit (ULRI) No. 5 of Captain Saïdou of the Malian Armed Forces (FAMa), in the Hombori sector
 

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