CHAD: One for Gaddafi

Libya's invasion stops a war

For nine months, the sputtering civil war in the Central African nation of Chad had been conducted with little enthusiasm. The two brigade-size guerrilla groups—one led by President Goukouni Oueddei, the other by insurgent Defense Minister Hissène Habré—had reached a virtual stalemate in their listless battle for control of the impoverished, landlocked country of 4.5 million. Fighting mainly over the capital of N'Djamena on the Chari River, the two miniarmies regularly exchanged artillery duels, and then, just as regularly, stopped shooting for lunch, tea and dinner breaks.

Outside forces, however, were more aggressively interested in...

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