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09NDJAMENA165
2009-05-10 15:09:00
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Embassy Ndjamena
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CHAD UPDATE 5/10: GOC TRUMPETS DECISIVE VICTORY

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 NDJAMENA 000165 

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

KHARTOUM FOR SE GRATION
STATE FOR AF/C, AF/USSES, S/ES-O, DS/CC, DS/IP/AF, DS/OSAC,
CA/OSC/ASC
NSC FOR GAVIN AND HUDSON
LONDON FOR POL -- LORD
PARIS FOR POL -- D'ELIA AND KANEDA
ADDIS ABABA ALSO FOR AU

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MOPS ASEC PREL PREF SU UN AU LY FR CASC CD
SUBJECT: CHAD UPDATE 5/10: GOC TRUMPETS DECISIVE VICTORY
OVER REBELS; PONDERS CUTTING TIES WITH KHARTOUM

REF: A. NDJAMENA 163

B. NDJAMENA 161 AND PREVIOUS

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 NDJAMENA 000165

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

KHARTOUM FOR SE GRATION
STATE FOR AF/C, AF/USSES, S/ES-O, DS/CC, DS/IP/AF, DS/OSAC,
CA/OSC/ASC
NSC FOR GAVIN AND HUDSON
LONDON FOR POL -- LORD
PARIS FOR POL -- D'ELIA AND KANEDA
ADDIS ABABA ALSO FOR AU

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MOPS ASEC PREL PREF SU UN AU LY FR CASC CD
SUBJECT: CHAD UPDATE 5/10: GOC TRUMPETS DECISIVE VICTORY
OVER REBELS; PONDERS CUTTING TIES WITH KHARTOUM

REF: A. NDJAMENA 163

B. NDJAMENA 161 AND PREVIOUS

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1. (SBU) MILITARY BALANCE: As of May 10, the Government of
Chad (GOC) continues to trumpet its "decisive victory" over
Union of Resistance Forces (UFR) rebels in southeastern Chad.
On May 6 and 7, Chadian military forces bombed rebel columns
near Koukou, Angarana, Kerfi, and Haouish. According to our
best sources, the Chadian National Army (ANT) converged May 7
on Am-Dam from Mongo to the west and Abeche to the east and
battled the rebels for two hours. ANT forces also took out
another rebel column located to the south of Am-Dam the night
of May 7 and into the day of May 8. Rebels who escaped the
battles fled south, but have been pursued by ANT forces who
continue to "mop up" remaining UFR fighters. The GOC
continues to claim the right to engage in hot pursuit into
Sudan if it deems this necessary (see para 5).


2. (SBU) According to sources, the ANT has killed 200-some
rebels and captured 152 fighters belonging to rebel leaders
Mahamat Hamoda Bechir and Sogour Djittou Koua; the ANT also
recovered 67 rebel vehicles and destroyed another 73. ANT
casualties number 21 deaths, 30 injured, and 7 destroyed
vehicles. The casualty totals among rebels may go higher.


3. (SBU) SECURITY STATUS IN EASTERN CHAD: Sources continue
to state that UFR rebels are scattered and disorganized as
they attempt retreat from Chad, despite rebel propaganda
claiming the UFR has regrouped. The GOC believes that UFR
rebels do not pose any current threat to Chadian security and
stability, although there is concern that fleeing rebels
could still target humanitarians operating in the east.
MINURCAT will redeploy staff May 10 to the IDP camp in Koukou
and plans to resume air operations to Goz Beida on May 11.

MINURCAT is also hoping to resume all operations and its
normal security posture on May 11, but will conduct one more
review before making a final decision.


4. (SBU) "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!": Chadian President Idriss Deby
Itno assumed a defiant stance toward Sudan in a late May 9
address to heads of Chadian political parties. Deby said
that his government was considering severing diplomatic ties
with Sudan over Khartoum's backing of the rebel incursion.
Deby stated that his government had the means and the right
to defend itself and its people and would act accordingly.
The President also stated that Sudanese-financed schools and
cultural centers would be closed and Sudanese instructors
sent home. Further, he empowered a commission, under the
Prime Minister's authority, to evaluate next steps vis-a-vis
Sudan, including the possibility of severing diplomatic ties.



5. (SBU) Deby did not limit his condemnation to Sudan. He
criticized the African Union for having been unable to
resolve the Chad-Sudan crisis and indicated that he was
inclined to ask the United Nations to undertake mediation.
Deby also criticized the "unfriendly" actions of Libya and
China during the May 8 UN Security Council meeting (Ref A).
Deby asserted that Chad retained the right to go in hot
pursuit of Chadian rebels fleeing into Sudan. Deby's address
expanded on comments of FM Moussa Faki Mahamat May 8, to the
effect that Chad sought peace but could not permit the
adventurism of a regime that had violated the
international-community norms and spread death and
destruction at home as well as in Chad. (Ref A).


6. (SBU) TOUR FOR JOURNALISTS: The GoC invited
internationally accredited journalists on an aerial tour of
Am-Dam May 8 to display evidence of Ndjamena's military
victories over rebel forces. Some of those journalists told
us that they had witnessed the evacuation of ANT wounded (in
the neighborhood of 20-some soldiers) and sw many destroyed
vehicles and bodies dispersed oer a broad area. Most
destruction seemed to hav occurred as a result of ground
fire rather thanaerial bombardments. Rebel weapons seized

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by the ANT were of Chinese origin, and included sophisticated
communications equipment and MANPADS. The journalists
reported they were turned back from the vicinity of Harouish
-- the site of the government's defeat of the second rebel
column -- when their escorts heard live fire from the area.
Some rebels were not going quietly, said the journalists,
although whether the rebels themselves were firing as they
left or were being attacked by Chadian troops was not clear.
This is consistent with GOC claims to be conducting "mopping
up operations" of those rebels still in Chad. If the GoS
does not allow Chad rebels back into Sudan, they will seek
refuge in northern CAR.


7. (SBU) An Al Jazeera correspondent who traveled to eastern
Chad as part of the journalists' delegation stayed on,
presumably because he wanted to report on what he found in
the region independent of GoC influence. The extent of
damage to rebel vehicles suggested that the era of
nearly-matched forces was over, and the GoC strength is
significantly superior to that of the rebels.


8. (SBU) FRANCE/CHAD: The French Ambassador told us that
President Sarkozy called President Deby late May 7 to urge
the GOC to exercise restraint in victory and not risk
widening the war by pursuing fleeing rebels into Sudan. The
French Ambassador repeated those admonitory remarks for
FORMIN Faki May 9 (Ref A).


9. (SBU) NDJAMENA CALM: Life in N'Djamena is normal;
markets are operating at a usual level of Sunday business;
traffic is moving at its Sunday best.


10. (U) Minimize considered.
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