French Air Force allegedly bombards Chadian Rebel forces in Libya

A Kuwaiti Mirage 2000C fighter aircraft takes off for an air strike against Iraqi targets in support of Operation Desert Storm.

FACT rebel forces based in Libya have announced the bombardment of their positions by French air force elements on the night of Tuesday, the 14th.

In a recent press release, the Chadian rebel group “The Front for Change and Harmony in Chad” announced that French air force elements conducted an air strike on one of their bases in southern Libya.

“the French Air Force came in force on Tuesday evening, September 14th, to bomb our sites. These air strikes caused material and human damage.”

The Front for Change and Harmony in Chad

Rebel forces have not given a full account of their losses but claim the strikes inflicted “material and human damage”.

To this day, and through this attack France officially declares its mandate to rule over the Chadian people,

The Front for Change and Harmony in Chad

In April, a FACT rebel invasion caused the death of late Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno, and crippled the Chadian Army. FACT has since declared their total opposition and rejection of the Transitional Military Council set up by Deby’s son.

These air strikes come after two ground attacks carried out by “French Special Forces and the Chadian army with their Sudanese and Libyan associates”

These attacks may be a violation of the Libyan ceasefire agreement, and could cause another invasion of Chadian soil.

UPDATE: Libyan sources have also claimed responsibility for air strikes against “Chadian opposition” in the border area, but we cannot confirm the veracity of either claim.

Stay tuned to Heartbeat Africa News for more updates regarding this quickly evolving situation.

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Peter Lee

Freelance Journalist and Editor currently working with Heartbeat Africa News covering news from The Heart of Africa. Contact Peter Lee in English or French at PeterLee@heartbeatafrica.news

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