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Chad: ‘More than 250 rebels’ captured in convoy raid

Chad’s military said on Saturday that it had captured more than 250 rebels during an operation against militants crossing from Libya. A statement said that the large number included “four leaders” who had been detained. They said 40 of the rebels’ vehicles had been destroyed and hundreds of weapons had been seized. France, which provides military support to Chad, used warplanes this week to attack the convoy in the Ennedi region. It announced on Thursday that it had attacked the stream of vehicles several times this week in conjunction with Chad’s armed forces. The militants had managed to cross hundreds of kilometres into the country before being halted, AFP news agency reports. Intelligence sources who spoke to Reuters news agency said only 100 militants had been captured. Chad country profile The incursion is the latest in a series of threats against the rule of President Idriss Déby. French troops are currently deployed in Chad as part of Operation Barkhane – an ongoing coalition effort in Africa’s Sahel region to fight jihadist insurgents. France ruled Chad as a colony from 1900 until it gained independence in 1960 and it has supported President Déby before. Read more on BBC Africa

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US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy in Europe and West Africa

It took the Trump administration an unusually long time to appoint an Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. When the nominee was ultimate chosen, it was Tibor Nagy, a retired Foreign Service officer who had served as ambassador to Guinea and Ethiopia. His swearing-in took place in September (see his remarks from that ceremony here). Nagy is now on his first trip overseas (I think) since taking his post. Lasting from 29 October to 10 November, the trip will take him to the United Kingdom, France, Togo (November 1), Guinea (November 2-4), Mali (November 4-7), and Nigeria (November 7-10). From the official statement, let’s just excerpt the part about Mali and Nigeria: In Bamako, Mali on November 4-7, Assistant Secretary Nagy will hold meetings with Malian government officials, host a trade and entrepreneurship roundtable, and meet with YALI alumni. The final stop on the trip will be Abuja, Nigeria. Assistant Secretary Nagy will have meetings with government officials, members of the American business community, religious leaders, civil society organizations, youth groups, and he will deliver a speech at Baze University on U.S.-Africa relations. I was not previously familiar with Baze University, which is located in Abuja. Its website is here. Nagy laid out […]

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