Chad President Idriss Deby killed after fighting rebels on battlefield: Military
Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno was killed Tuesday on the battlefield in a fight against rebels after ruling the central African nation for more than three decades.
The stunning announcement by Chad’s military came just hours after electoral officials had declared Deby the winner of the April 11 presidential election, paving the way for him to stay in power for six more years.
Deby, 68, had ruled Chad with an iron fist for three decades and supported the West's so-called anti-terrorism campaign in the troubled Sahel region.
The army said a military council led by the late president's 37-year-old son Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, a four-star general, would replace him.
After the defeat of terrorist groups like Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, many experts believe the West decided to use Africa as a breeding ground for spreading terrorism and violence.
The presence of terrorist groups in Africa is an excuse for global powers to re-enter these countries. This was seen in the French military intervention in Mali and the US military campaign in Somalia.
Ironically, the most violent extremists have emerged in the Middle East and Africa after the deployment of Western troops and violence has intensified in proportion to their military buildup over time.