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Chad withdraws all troops from Central Africa

Chad said Wednesday it had withdrawn its entire force from the Central African Republic in the wake of accusations its troops waged an unprovoked attack in a market last month. The pullout of more than 800 troops who made up a key contingent in the African peacekeeping force MISCA struggling to restore security in the violence-ravaged country came despite French appeals for Chad to reverse its decision.

Chad pulls out all troops from Central Africa

Chad said Wednesday it had withdrawn its entire contingent from the Central African Republic, in the wake of accusations its troops had carried out an unprovoked attack in the capital Bangui last month. "The last soldier crossed the border on April 13," Souleyman Adam, the head of the Chadian unit with the African peacekeeping force MISCA, said at a ceremony in the southern town of Sarh.

Chad dictator lawyers say war crimes trial 'political'

The lawyers for Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre said on Thursday his prosecution in Senegal for crimes against humanity was politically motivated and driven by the Chadian spy agency. The 71-year-old faces accusations of war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture during his regime in Chad between 1982 and 1990, when some 40,000 people were killed, according to rights groups.

Chad dictator lawyers say war crimes trial 'political'

The lawyers for Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre said on Thursday his prosecution in Senegal for genocide was politically motivated and driven by the Chadian spy agency. The 71-year-old faces accusations of war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture during his regime in Chad between 1982 and 1990, when some 40,000 people were killed, according to rights groups.

UN accuses Chad troops of unprovoked C.Africa killings

The UN accused Chadian soldiers Friday of carrying out an unprovoked attack when they opened fire in a crowded market in the Central African Republic's capital Bangui, killing at least 30 people. The damning findings came a day after Chad -- under fire over the Saturday attack, which also left 300 people wounded -- angrily announced it was withdrawing from the African peacekeeping force struggling to restore security in the strife-torn state.

Chad starts pulling peacekeepers from Central African Republic

By Jean-Frederic Perriere BANGUI (Reuters) - Chad began withdrawing its troops from Central African Republic's peacekeeping mission on Friday as a U.N. report accused its soldiers of killing 30 civilians and wounding 300 in an attack on a crowded market last week. Chad's Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat denied the allegation, saying the troops had been ambushed by Christian "anti-balaka" militia and had responded.

Chadian troops kill at least 8 people in CAR capital: African force

Chadian soldiers sent to repatriate their compatriots from the Central African Republic opened fire on residents in Bangui, killing at least eight people, the African peacekeeping force MISCA said Sunday. The incident happened on Saturday when some Chadian soldiers "opened fire on residents of the northern neighbourhoods (in Bangui), leaving at least eight people dead and several wounded," an officer with the MISCA force who requested anonymity told AFP.

Chad's Deby lays down the law for Central African Republic

With Friday's resignation of Central African interim president Michel Djotodia amid chaos in his strife-torn country, Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno upheld a reputation as "kingmaker" over his poor neighbour. Deby, who chaired a summit of the regional Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), was said to be angry at the impotence shown by Djotodia in the face of mounting sectarian violence that has claimed thousands of lives.

C.Africa summit not aiming at 'regime change'

A summit of African leaders to discuss the president of the Central African Republic's future is not aiming at "regime change", the secretary-general of the body convening the talks said Wednesday. "The summit was called because of a deterioration in the security situation," Allami Ahmat, secretary general of the 10-member Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) told AFP. "It's not about regime change, nor changing the transition. It's about taking measures to restore peace and security in Central Africa," added Ahmat.

C.Africa summit not aiming at 'regime change'

A summit of African leaders to discuss the president of the Central African Republic's future is not aiming at "regime change", the secretary-general of the body convening the talks said Wednesday. "The summit was called because of a deterioration in the security situation," Allami Ahmat, secretary general of the 10-member Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) told AFP. "It's not about regime change, nor changing the transition. It's about taking measures to restore peace and security in Central Africa," added Ahmat.
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