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Chad Rebel Group Says It Holds Qaeda-Linked Terrorist

A rebel group in Chad says it is holding one of North Africa’s most powerful terrorists and wants to turn him over to the United States or any of its allies. But negotiations to do so have bogged down over reluctance to offend the government of Chad by dealing with the rebels. “Everybody’s kind of at an impasse,” said a United States Department of Defense official familiar with the situation. The Movement for Democracy and Justice in Chad, which is fighting the military-backed government of President Idriss Déby, says that on March 16 it seized Amari Saifi, an Islamic militant with ties to Al Qaeda. The rebel group, known by its French initials M.D.J.T., said it had been trying since then to get someone to take Mr. Saifi off its hands, but that no country had been willing to enter rebel-held territory without the backing of the Chadian government. Full Story

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