The inter-Chadian preliminary dialogue, which had been postponed several times, finally got underway on 13 March. A host of key protagonists, curious to see how Qatar would find the means to reach a deal, came to the meeting.
The Ukrainian army is recalling many of its reservists working overseas to fight Russian forces. Some of those deployed in Africa have already returned home. Meanwhile, the shelling of Ukraine's weapons factories is disrupting the spare parts supply chain most African countries rely on, especially with regard to helicopters.
A few months after FACT rebels' abortive assault on N'Djamena, the military staffs of Chad and Niger, which the episode pitted against each other, have begun discreet talks about conducting joint air reconnaissance and perhaps even air strikes.
The Chadian army's heavy equipment, purchased mainly in former Eastern bloc countries, was badly affected by the recent battles with FACT rebels. The ruling Transitional Military Council now wants to modernise its arsenal and end the Ukrainian and Russian supply networks established under Idriss Déby.