Chad has officially closed its borders with Libya and has opted to deploy troops along the long boundaries in an extensive effort to prevent the big influx of militant fighters who have fled the country because of the prolonged conflict.
Even though Daesh has been defeated in its former stronghold in the city of Sirte, there are still some remnants of the terrorist organization; Chad fears they will head south and enter Chad.
The Chadian Prime Minister, Albert Pahimi Padacke, said, in a statement, that “some isolated groups have converged towards the south of Libya that is to say on the northern body of our country, which is potentially exposed to a serious threat of infiltration.”
Padacke had declared the northern borders region of Chad as a “zone of military operations.” His efforts to combat terrorism come as Chad plays a key role in fighting Boko Haram, which is a Daesh affiliate group.
The Chadian decision came after the fleeing of fighters from Benghazi, which observers say that it reflects a conspiracy by General Khalifa Haftar’s army commanders. The observers said that the escaped fighters are from Daesh, who found their way to flee outside Benghazi under cover of Haftar’s troops.