In the 1980's CIA backed Hissene Habre had a coupe in Chad, soon he gained the reputation of African "African Pinochet", by acts like murdering his opponents. Habre was thrown out of power by Idriss Deby seized power from Habre, the current president. Since 2003 the US has been training and equipping Deby's army (1 ). The reason for the CIA supppoer was to keep Moammar Gadhafi boxed in (2 ).
During his reign as Chads president Hissene Habre commited numerous human rights abuses 40,000 political murders and 200,000 cases of torture were carried out by his secret police, the National Security Service (Direction de la Documentation et de la Securite, or DDS) which was made up of some 8,000 agents (3 ).
Fallout from Sudan
From 2003 a quarter of a million Sudanese conflict fled to Chad. To help keep the peace, the UN has a peacekeeping mission in Chad. The Chadian government has asked them to withdraw. Some in the UN are nervous because ousting the UN troops could set a dangerous precedent for other UN troops in Africa (4 ).