Chad: The Last Beau Geste

Nigeria's civil war is over, but tribal conflicts continue to plague other African countries, including Kenya, Ethiopia and the Sudan. In Chad, Nigeria's neighbor to the east, an insurrection begun by fierce, nomadic Moslem herdsmen has intensified ancient animosities. It has also led to the reappearance of an old symbol of Africa's colonial past: the white kepis of the French Foreign Legion.

Fighting for the first time since 1961, when France withdrew from Algeria, units of the legion's crack 1st Infantry and 2nd Parachute regiments have been in Chad since last April....

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