According to some humanitarian sources and officials, Chad has withdrawn hundreds of troops from neighbouring Niger, where they were helping local forces fight Boko Haram Islamist militants.
The pull-out over the past two weeks could weaken a region-wide struggle against the militants who have killed tens of thousands of people, forced much more to flee and triggered a humanitarian crisis. There was no immediate explanation or comment from defence officials in Chad.
However, the move came a month after the vast central African country complained about an unexpected U.S. travel ban imposed on its nationals. Chad warned at the time the order could affect its security commitments – which include its involvement in the U.S.-backed fight against Boko Haram.
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