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05NDJAMENA1418 2005-09-19 16:01:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Ndjamena
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CHAD: REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE FOR REGIONAL MILITARY

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SUBJECT: CHAD: REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE FOR REGIONAL MILITARY
TRAINING EXERCISE BAHR EL-GAZEL



1. (SBU) Summary: Post seeks Department support for a
military contribution for the Chadian-hosted regional
military exercise Bahr El-Gazel from November 10-23, possibly
through ACOTA or another State-funded program. The exercise
was developed to respond to the African Union's call on each
of the continent's five regions to conduct training to
enhance interoperability for peacekeeping missions. Our
political commitment to improving these capabilities in the
region would be advanced significantly if concrete support
for this training, such as provision of mobile field
hospitals, rations, or cots, could be provided. The exercise
also is an opportunity to emphasize the importance that we
place on our growing military-military relationship with Chad
and gives the Chadians an opportunity to demonstrate how they
have benefited from ongoing U.S. training. End Summary.



2. (SBU) The Chadian military is requesting U.S. assistance
for a Central African regional military exercise, "Bahr
El-Gazel 2005." The Chadians have requested two field
clinics, 4,000 combat rations; 1,000 field cots; 40 large
tents; 1,000 sleeping bags; 1,000 sets of fatigue uniforms;
and 10 modular field kitchens.



3. (SBU) Bahr El-Gazel 2005 was developed by Central African
countries to respond to the African Union's mandate for the
continent's five regions to each develop regional military
and peacekeeping capability. The exercise will include 1500
soldiers from Chad, Central African Republic Equatorial
Guinea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Congo-Brazzaville, Burundi, Rwanda, Angola, Gabon, and
Cameroon from November 10 to 23. The exercise scenario is a
border regional conflict, resulting in instability and
refugee flows. The operational component includes forward
deployments of units to separate warring factions and begin
the in-processing and protection of refugees and displaced
persons. Chad was selected to host the exercise to provide
the neighboring militaries with a desert training
environment. An estimated 2,500 Chadian soldiers will
participate. The French military is making a contribution to
the exercise.



4. (SBU) Comment: Post believes it is important to respond
positively with material support for this training exercise
and would appreciate a response from Washington within the
next two weeks. Several African francophone heads of state
are expected to attend the opening of the exercise. A
tangible U.S. contribution will boost our visibility and
credibility as a reliable military partner in Central Africa.
A contribution also enhances our growing military-military
relationship with Chad, which has become an increasingly
important partner in Darfur and in the global war on terror.
The training might also help countries that are participating
or considering participation in the African Union mission in
Darfur. This is an opportunity to support Chad's leadership
role in a regional exercise of significant magnitude taking
place in a difficult, desert environment. Any support we
could provide would be welcomed. End Comment.
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