Paris has offered to transport AU troops to the Comoros Islands in its effort to regain control of a rebellious island. It will not be the first offer of help from the troubled island’s former colonial power.
Anjouan, one of the three islands forming the Union of the
Federal president Ahmed Abdallah Sambi’s government has received backing from the African Union (AU) and France to invade the rebel island and overthrow its leader, Mohamed Bacar.
The government has been moving troops and equipment to Mohéli, the island closest to Anjouan. An AU mission is expected to deliver a formal ultimatum to Bacar in the coming days.
For its part,
“We confirm that
Battleground for French military and mercenaries
The operation would be the third French intervention in 18 years in the Indian Ocean nation located off the eastern coast of
Three of the four islands in the archipelago (Anjouan, Mohéli and Grande-Comore, where the current capital
French mercenary Bob Denard then stormed into
“Up until the end of the 1980s, the mercenaries propped Abdallah’s regime with
The French military first stepped in in 1991 to oust the mercenaries, then again in 1995 to stop them from staging a fresh coup.
Apart from foreign interference, Klen explains that the
For example, Anjouan separatists came out strongly in 1997, asking for their island to be reunited with
“We now have four presidents”
These days, Mohamed Bacar’s Anjouan regime is no longer seeking an association with
Maalesh, a popular singer who claims to be “Comorian and proud of it”, the population is growing weary of divisions that it does not understand. “The
He likened the international community’s hesitations in the
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