Chad: Desert Standoff

Mitterrand answers his critics

Coming in low from the south across the sluggish Chari River, four Mirage fighters peeled off and soared upward to gain height for their final approach to the airport at N'Djamena, the Chadian capital. A few minutes later four Jaguar fighter-bombers repeated the maneuver. By the end of the day the little airport, which normally handles only a dozen civilian airliners a week, had begun to look like a military airbase. Parked next to the jets on the runway apron were half a dozen Transall military freighters and a...

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