Government forces in Chad have launched a new offensive against the rebel forces of ex-President Goukouni Oueddei.
N'DJAMENA (JULY 13)
GV Zaire military plane lands at N'djamena airport.
GV Zairean troops around airfield with ammunition and equipment. (5 SHOTS)
GV Zairean troops in the streets of N'djamena. (2 SHOTS)
ABECHE (JULY 14)
GV Soldiers with machine guns and rifles. (2 SHOTS)
GV Soldiers guarding captured troops.
GV Wrecked armoured personnel carrier, boots, scattered equipment. (3 SHOTS)
GV & SV Bodies of soldiers. (2 SHOTS)
GV Ambulance on runway. (2 SHOTS)
GV Wounded being taken aboard plane on stretchers.
GV Prisoners. (2 SHOTS)
BILTINE (JULY 18)
GV Street scene in Biltine with President Habre standing by missile allegedly abandoned by Libyans.
GV Light tanks in the streets of Biltine. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Government forces in Chad have launched a new offensive against the rebel forces of ex-President Goukouni Oueddei. Fighting began on July 20 at the town of Fada, not far from Oueddei's stronghold of Faya-Largeau. On July 13 the forces of President Hissene Habre were strengthened by the arrival of reinforcements from Zaire in N'djamena. The forces included two Zairean Mirage jets which took part in reconnaissance flights but were being held back from the fighting. Some 1,000 Zairean commandoes also arrived but their role was initially to defend the capital. Amid claims and counter-claims from both sides, the government took a party of journalists to the eastern town of Abeche on July 14 to prove that it had been recaptured from the rebels. The rebels seemed to have left in a hurry for among their scattered equipment were pairs of boots. A number of troops were captured and the government claimed that some of them were mercenaries. But the rebels denied they were using mercenaries. President Habre also visited the battle zone and on July 18 he went to Biltine, near Abeche, where he was shown what was said to be a missile abandoned by Libyan troops.