The Russians plan to kill him
In a new episode of the great power struggle for influence in Africa, Washington and Moscow continue to use their strongest trump cards, and this time the center of that conflict is the African country of Chad.
The United States warns of Russia's malicious plans on the continent, shares intelligence from its capable secret services, while Russia tries, and succeeds, to increase its influence in Africa, especially at the expense of France, using anti-colonial rhetoric.
In recent weeks and months, a real drama has been unfolding in Chad.
The large country, larger than Great Britain, Germany and France combined, is home to 17 million people and borders Libya, the Central African Republic and Sudan, three of which are home to Russia's Wagner paramilitary unit, led by Vladimir Putin's ally Yevgeny Prigozhin.
A few weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that the United States had provided the Chadian government with intelligence suggesting that Wagner wanted to destabilize the country and possibly assassinate its president, Mahamat Idriss Dby.
Many of these U.S. actions are reminiscent of the sharing of intelligence with Kyiv about an impending Russian invasion early last year, which, after the attack actually happened despite the disbelief of even Ukraine, raised the profile of US intelligence.
They previously lost much of their reputation after the false claims that led to the invasion of Iraq 20 years ago. The president of Chad is Mahamat Idriss Dby, who came to the head of the country in 2021 as the son of the murdered dictator. Many remember the death of his father, Idriss Dby, who had been president for 30 years, and left alone to lead his army units in the fight against insurgents, eventually dying on the battlefield,...
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