The Pentagon Scooped Up Soviet Weapons in Chad in 1987 and ’88
During the so-called Toyota War in 1987, forces loyal to Chadian president Hissene Habre fought the Libyan army … and won. In early January 1987, Chadian troops carried out a devastating attack on the city of Fada, killing 784 Libyan troops and capturing six SF.260 light strike planes, one... Read more
Nigeria and Allies Launch a Major Attack on Boko Haram
On Jan. 14, 2018, Boko Haram – an Islamist group from northeast Nigeria led by jihadist leader Abubakar Shekau – released a video depicting the remains of a Nigerian air force Mi-171 helicopter the group claimed it shot down. The alleged shoot-down occurred amid an intensive new offensive targeting... Read more
A U.S. Air Force C-141 Almost Got Itself Shot Down Over Chad
During France’s intervention in the Chad-Libya war in 1987, the French restricted air traffic over Chad. No aerial traffic was allowed in an area that extended from the 16th parallel to the outskirts of the capital N’Djamena. Civilian pilots didn’t always respect these air-traffic measures, especially as civil flights... Read more
The Ghost Plane of Faya-Largeau
After years of conflict, on Sept. 10, 1987, Chad and Libya agreed to a ceasefire the next day at noon. However, Libyan air patrols continued. Indeed, Muammar Gaddafi seemed to believe any military action short of an actual attack was acceptable. Not coincidentally, in October the United States handed... Read more
In 1986, French Troops in Chad Faced Mysterious Attackers
On its arrival in Chad as part of Operation Épervier, France’s intervention in the Chad-Libya war, the French military set up a radar center in the town of Moussoro, north of the capital N’Djamena starting in mid-February 1986. The radar would become the apparent target of a mysterious raiding... Read more
French Fighters Spent 1986 and ’87 Chasing Libyans Over Chad
In mid-February 1986, French forces launched Operation Épervier — France’s intervention in the Libya-Chad war. The French air force deployed to Chad’s capital N’Djamena around a dozen Jaguar A fighter-bombers and up to six Mirage F.1C interceptors from various units along with a few Mirage F.1CR tactical reconnaissance fighters. The... Read more
The UAE Is Getting Ready to Deploy Jets to the Libya War
New satellite imagery from Terra Server — dated Sept. 24 and Nov. 10, 2017 — show accelerating construction on Al Khadim air base in eastern Libya. And that’s strong evidence that the United Arab Emirates is preparing to intervene even more in the grinding Libyan civil war. The imagery... Read more
ISIS Exploits Local Conflict and Moves Back Into Libya
After local forces booted the Libyan branch of Islamic State from Sirte and Benghazi in 2016 and 2017, the terror group reorganized and launched counterattacks targeting both the Libyan National Army and that regime’s rival, the Government of National Accord and associated Misrata militias. But ISIS’s survival in the... Read more
Jean Louis M’pele M’pele Flew Congo’s Hot-Rod French Fighter
Famous Congolese pilot Col. Jean Louis M’pele M’pele, who flew for the Zairian air force, passed away on Nov. 12, 2017. M’pele was one of the first African pilots to fly the French-made Dassault Mirage 5. Zaire, now called Democratic Republic of Congo, was only the second country in... Read more
Rival Libyan Regimes Are Busy Slaughtering Each Other
On Nov. 10, 2017, 28 people were found shot dead southwest of the Libyan capital in Wershafana area. Among the victims were soldiers from the Libyan National Army, one of the main regimes competing for power in the country. The National Human Rights Commission in Libya called on the... Read more
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