Potential Hot Spots: Comoros Islands

Archives

: Items About Areas That Could Break Out Into War

April 1, 2008: African Union troops in the Comoros Islands remain on alert against potential violence on the island of Anjouan. Lailizamane Abdou Cheik, the president of Anjouan's court of appeal, was sworn in as an interim president on March 31st. There will be new elections in a few months.

On March 25, 450 African Union soldiers and troops from the Comoros Islands "rescued" Anjouan, which had been taken over by rebels led by Mohamed Bacar (a former Comoran security policeman). The African Union described the "joint force" assault as the organization's "first military offensive." The AU has a peacekeeping force in the perennially unstable former French colony. The peacekeeping contingent has troops from Tanzania and Sudan. Tanzanian and Sudanese troops took part in the operation. Bacar had been running an "outlaw" regime since June 2007 when his "re-election" as president of Anjouan was declared invalid by both the governments of the Comoros Islands and the African Union. Bacar and at least 20 of his supporters escaped from Anjouan and landed on the French island of Mayotte. From Mayotte they were taken to Reunion Island where French authorities placed Bacar "under detention." Bacar is apparently seeking asylum in France.

 

Article Archive

Potential Hot Spots: Current 2018 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close