A new battle between government troops and rebels in eastern Chad claims many lives, perhaps hundreds, while the Chad rebels, with aid from Sudan, maintain bases in the Central African Republic (CAR). The CAR, with very open borders, is dealing with its own rebellion and is unable to defend its northern and eastern borders.
In the past, France has not been shy about intervening with military force in its former colonies. While French forces are aiding the CAR government defeat its rebels, it remains to be seen what, if anything, they are doing to keep the neighboring conflicts from further engulfing the CAR.
Darfur, Chad conflicts spread to neighbor—Seattle Times, Dec. 10, 2006
Central African Rep. forces regain town --By Joseph Benamsse
Fierce battle erupts in east Chad: Heavy fighting has taken place between Chad's government troops and rebels in the east of the country.—BBC Dec. 9, 2006