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The Chadian-Sudanese conflict began on December 23, 2005, when the government of Chad declared a state of war with Sudan and called for the citizens of Chad to mobilize themselves against the "common enemy",  which the Chadian government sees as the Rally for Democracy and Liberty (RDL) militants, Chadian rebels backed by the Sudanese government, and Sudanese militiamen. Militants have attacked villages and towns in eastern Chad, stealing cattle, murdering citizens, and burning houses. Over 200,000 refugees from the Darfur region of northwestern Sudan currently claim asylum in eastern Chad. Chadian president Idriss Déby accuses Sudanese President Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir of trying to "destabilize our country, to drive our people into misery, to create disorder and export the war from Darfur to Chad."
An attack on Adré led to the deaths of either one hundred rebels or three hundred rebels as CNN has reported. The Sudanese government was blamed for the attack, which was the second in the region in three days, but Sudanese foreign ministry spokesman Jamal Mohammed Ibrahim denies any Sudanese involvement, "We are not for any escalation with Chad. We technically deny involvement in Chadian internal affairs." This attack was the final straw that led to the declaration of belligerence by Chad and the alleged deployment of the Chadian airfoce into Sudanese airspace, which the Chadian government denies.
Adré was attacked on February 3, 2007. Fighting raged for hours between government troops and a coalition of four rebel groups including the United Forces for Democracy and Development. The government claimed that Sudan was responsible for the attack.