On July 3, 2020, the United States Embassy continued its support to antiterrorism efforts in the Sahel by delivering $8.5 million in materiel to Chad’s Special Anti-Terrorism Group (SATG). The material is specifically for Chad’s troop contributions to the G5 Sahel, a troop-contributing force formed by Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Mauritania, and Chad in 2014 to address growing security concerns in the Sahel. In addition to its ongoing bilateral contributions to G5 Sahel troop-contributing nations like Chad, the United States has supported Chad’s premier fighting force, SATG, through various security assistance programs since its inception in 2005.
This delivery of materiel of vehicles and equipment contributes to the 99 vehicles already provided to the SATG as part of the $28 million U.S. initiative. General Abdramane Youssouf Mery, commander of the Special Anti-Terrorism Group, and his unit is the primary recipient of the materiel consisting of 28 armored vehicles, 10 trucks, 8 water tankers, 2 maintenance vehicles, tools, communications equipment, and vehicle spare parts. He thanked the U.S. for its continued support of his unit and acknowledged that the U.S. materiel contributions were critical to the success of the Wrath of Boma military operation in April 2020.
Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Davis Ba thanked Chad for its continued contributions to anti-terrorism efforts in both Lake Chad and the Sahel and emphasized that the United States remained committed to its support of Chadian antiterrorism efforts.