Rally of Democratic Forces (rebel group)

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The Rally of Democratic Forces (in French: Rassemblement des Forces Démocratiques or RaFD) is a Chadian rebel group led by Timane Erdimi. It is currently allied to the United Front for Democratic Change rebel group and both are dedicated to overthrowing Erdimi's uncle, the current Chadian President Idriss Déby and his administration. As of May 1, 2006, RaFD has a significant presence in the cities of Guéréda, Tissi and Adré.[citation needed] The 12,000 troops that make up the RaFD were expected to disrupt the 2006 presidential elections, but they did not, and President Déby was returned to power.

The movement has been recently renamed Rassemblement des forces pour le changement (RFC).[citation needed]

September 2006 government offensive[edit]

On September 19, 2006, the Government of Chad began a campaign involving 3,000 against the RAFD, according to the Military of Chad. The troops attacked RAFD rebels at the Hadjer Marfaine area bordering Sudan,[1] while simultaneously attacking other groups within the UFDC at Moudeina, and Aram Kolle. Mahamat Inee, RAFD spokesperson, said, "We were attacked by two columns of government troops on 19 September, but we repelled them." Inee said the RAFD took 43 government soldiers prisoner, and seized 40 jeeps and trucks and two tanks. He confirmed news reports that French Mirage fighter jets stationed in Abeche made surveillance runs over the RAFD's position. Timane Edrimi warned that "all French citizens, military or civil, that fall into the hands of our combatants will be considered like mercenaries and treated accordingly."[2]

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