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08STATE10945
2008-02-03 23:45:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Secretary of State
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TFCDO1: CHAD TASK FORCE SITUATION REPORT NO. 6

Tags:   AEMR  ASEC  CASC  KFLO  MARR  PREL  CD  AMGT  PINR 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 STATE 010945 

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/02/2013
TAGS: AEMR ASEC CASC KFLO MARR PREL PINRAMGT CD
SUBJECT: TFCDO1: CHAD TASK FORCE SITUATION REPORT NO. 6
CLASSIFIED BY: CHRISTOPHER BISHOP, SENIOR WATCH OFFICER, FOR
REASONS 1.4(B),(D)


STATE 00010945 001.2 OF 002


AMBASSADOR NIGRO AND AMCITS REACH N'DJAMENA AIRPORT



1. (SBU)Forty-one Embassy staff and 1 private Amcit were
relocated by theFrench military and are safe at the
French-controlled N'Djamena Airport.
Approximately 35 additional private Amcits have reached the
Airport and areawaiting evacuation. Embassy operations have been
relocated to the airport an all official message capabilities
have been suspended. Ambassador Nigro and a
small emergency staff will remain at the airport.

EVACUATIONS ONGOING TO CAMEROON AND GABON


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2. (SBU) Two MC-13OPs are preparing to depart from U.S.
Naval Air Station, Sigonella, Italy en route to N'Djamena,
and are due to arrive around 2000 EST.
The aircraft will then depart for Yaounde, Cameroon
with non-emergency Embassy staff and other expatriates.



3. (SBU) Embassy Libreville reports French military sources
expect at least one more C-130/C-160 transport flight
February 3 from N'Djamena. A French Government A-310 Airbus
with approximately 450 evacuees, including three Amcit
departed Libreville en route to Paris at
approximately 1645 local time.

REBELS TAKE ADRE, POSSIBLE SUDANESE AID TO REBELS


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4. (C) According to media, rebels have reportedly taken
the town of Adre in eastern Chad. Embassy Paris reports the
French MFA said the rebels are receiving Sudanese logistical
and air support. Embassy Khartoum reports Chadian
contacts asserted a Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) Antonov and
several SAF attack
helicopters participated in the assault on Adre.

PRESIDENT DEBY ASKS FRANCE FOR MILITARY SUPPORT


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5. (SBU) According to Embassy Paris, the French MFA reports
President Sarko refused President Deby's request for direct
French military support of his troops in the form of ammunition
for tanks and rockets. However, the French
have agreed to transport ammunition offered by Libya.



6. (SBU) Embassy Paris reports President Deby is expecting his
forces to clash with a second column of rebels during the evening
of February 3, arriving from the Sudanese border in heavy trucks.

FRANCE PURSUING UNSC ACTION; EU MEETS BUT NO DECISION ON PEACEKEEPERS


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7. (SBU) USUN reports the French MFA is pressing for UNSC
consultations to consider condemning
"outside interference" in Chad and has begun lobbying UNSC members.

STATE 00010945 002.2 OF 002



8. (U) Media report EU ambassadors met February 3 to discuss the
fighting in N'Djamena but made no decision on the EU's peacekeeping
force to be deployed to
eastern Chad to protect civilians and aid workers affected
by the Darfur
situation. Minimize Considered.
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