Disputes Raiders of the Armed Toyotas

Libya loses face, a base and a bomber in its war with Chad

Wrapped in desert scarves against the blowing sand, some 2,000 Chadian troops raced into southern Libya aboard four-wheel-drive Toyota pickups mounted with machine guns. The raiders overran the Maaten es Sarra military base 60 miles inside Libya and demolished all the arms and aircraft they could find. Then, traveling without lights beneath the moon and stars, the troops sped home. It was the first time Chad had invaded Libya since their border conflict began 14 years ago. Officials in N'Djamena, Chad's capital, claimed that the attack killed 1,713 Libyans and destroyed 26 planes and at least 70 tanks. Libya disputed the...

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